Military homecomings can leave even the toughest person holding back tears.
According to ABC News, on Monday night, nine-year-old Luca Cesternino attend his taekwando class like any other boy. He believed that he would be training with his instructor blindfolded, little did he know that someone who he hadn't seen in nearly a year would be tagged in for a little sparring. His Father!
His dad, Tennessee Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Rob Cesternino, had been away for 10 months on deployment in Jordan and Syria participating in "Operation Enduring Freedom- Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve," The U.S Military operation to defeat the terrorist group ISIS.
After the two took a few jabs at each other around the mats, Staff SGT. Cesternino decided to let Luca in on the surprise by encouraging him saying, "Keep it going" and " Is that all you got?" Slowly recognizing his father's voice, Luca ripped off his blindfold to see his smiling dad standing in front of him.
Luca then jumped into his father's arms for a joyful and tight tearful hug that was a long time coming.
If you're not tearing up by now like how I am writing this, then the video will make you cry for sure!
It's okay, you don't have to admit that you're leaking saltwater, but I think you definitely have dust or something in your eyes.
If you're ready for the tears, check out the video below! I've got the tissues waiting for you.
Below is the full video of Staff Sgt. Cesternino's surprise homecoming.