Sgt. Joshua Ricafrente returned home from Afghanistan early to surprise his kids during halftime of the ECU game this weekend.
What a great surprise.

You’ve gotta love the crowd chanting “USA! USA!” in the background.

The East Carolinian has the back story:

Elijah and Noah Ricafrente never saw what was coming when they came to ECU for the home game against Houston. After being invited to attend the game with their Pop Warner youth football team, the boys were excited to be chosen to participate in the Power-Aid toss during halftime.

Noah and his brother stood in awe at the proud Pirate fans, wishing their father could share that moment. Little did they know that the biggest surprise of all was soon to arrive.

“The oldest boy looked at one of my assistants and said, ‘My dad would love this crowd. I wish he was here,’” said Scott Wetherbee, assistant athletics director for marketing and ticket operations.

Noah and Elijah’s father, Sgt. Joshua Ricafrente, had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past five months. When Ricafrente found out he was coming home early, the plan to surprise his sons was set in motion.

“I was set to come home about a week or so earlier. I spoke to their Pop Warner football coach,” said Ricafrente. “I thought that it would be cool if we could set something up and surprise them at the game.”

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  1. Great video……pulls at the heart strings…God bless our young men and women serving in the military.

  2. BLESSED BE GOD…YOU MADE IT BACK…THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR ALL YOUR SACRIFICES!!!

    GOD’S VERY BEST SGT. JOSHUA RICAFRENTE…YOUR FAMILY…AND ALL YOUR LOVED ONES!

  3. ++

    It Has Always Been The Soldier

    It is the soldier,
    not the President who gives US Democracy.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Congress who takes Care of US.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.

    It is the soldier,
    not the campus [community] Organizer who
    has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

    It is the soldier,
    who salutes the flag;
    who serves beneath the flag,
    and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    that allows the protester to burn the flag.

    ~ Father Dennis O’Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain

    God Bless America!

    God Bless Soldiers everywhere for putting THEIR
    lives on the line to protect us ALL from terrorism!

    “Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as
    they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless
    acts they perform for us in our time of need. Please place a
    hedge of protection around each and everyone. I ask this in
    the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”

    Thank You..

    ==

  4. I never, ever get tired of seeing these. How wonderful for all of them.

  5. God bless this beautiful family. Just wonderful.
    Thank you for your service and sacrifices. Wiping away tears…

  6. Ahhhhhh, North Carolina. Y’all come on down. We just elected a Republican Governor, Senate and House.

  7. And we LOVE our military.





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