Soldier Surprises Family During Legoland Performance

Soldier Surprises Family During Legoland Performance

When one U.S. soldier found out that he was being sent home early from his deployment in the Middle East, he decided to keep the exciting news a secret so he could surprise his family with his homecoming.

After spending some time coming up with a plan, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Tom Cruz reached out to Legoland and asked if there was any way they could help him surprise his family during an upcoming trip to the park. “He reached out in early May with the idea and we pounced on it. We knew it had potential to be really moving,” Legoland Senior Public Relations Manager David Brady said.

As part of the surprise, Legoland contacted Cruz’s wife, Heather, and told her a family friend had entered the family in a contest and that she, her daughter Jaidyn, and her son Holden had won VIP tickets to the park on the Fourth of July. “They went above and beyond. They made us feel like we were the most important people in that park and made everything so special for us,” Heather said.
However, during all the fun, the family couldn’t help but feel sad that Cruz wasn’t there to enjoy the day with them. “We were saying how upsetting it was that Tom wouldn’t be home for the Fourth,” Heather said. But during a pirate-themed performance, the family was left speechless when they saw Cruz run out to them. “My daughter looked up at me and smiled like, ‘Mom, is that dad? That’s dad! That’s dad!'” Heather said.

“Tom is not the kind of guy that likes fanfare, so the fact that he did that and planned for months to surprise us is a really big deal,” Heather said.

Watch the entire video below to see the amazing moment this soldier got to surprise his family in the middle of a performance at Legoland.

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