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WATCH: Military dad surprises 9-year-old son in heartwarming viral video

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RAW: Soldier father surprises son after year of deployment

Grab your tissues for this one! 😭 A Midstate father surprised his son, Luca, after being stationed away for nearly a year. SHARE this and help spread the love. ❤ Watch the full interview with Luca and dad here >>

Posted by WSMV News 4, Nashville on Monday, March 18, 2019

According to WSMV-TV, the emotional moment happened Monday when Tennessee National Guard Staff Sgt. Rob Cesternino returned home from a 10-month deployment in southern Syria and Jordan. That night, the father of six surprised his youngest son, 9-year-old Luca, during a class at a Lebanon taekwondo center.

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Luca, who was wearing a blindfold, believed he was sparring with three of his instructors. But the third "instructor" was really Cesternino.

Luca was unaware of the change until his dad said Luca's nickname, "Shib," the Lebanon Democrat reportedThe video shows the boy asking, "Daddy?" before pulling off his blindfold and tearfully embracing Cesternino.

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"You were such a big boy when I was gone," Cesternino says in the clip. "I'm so proud of you."

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