Soldier Surprises Twin Daughters at Pep Assembly

Soldier Surprises Twin Daughters at Pep Assembly

A soldier's surprise visit turned a St. Joseph pep assembly into an emotional reunion.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A soldier's surprise visit turned a St. Joseph pep assembly into an emotional reunion.

The rally at Central High School started off with cheers and dances and athlete introductions, but it turned into much more after twin sisters finished saying the Pledge of Allegiance over the microphone.

Cheerleaders Maria and Micaela Kemerling, are daughters of a soldier, Kody Kemerling who has been out of the state in training for more than a month.

The girls were led to believe they were chosen to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance because of their dad's connection to the military, but they had no idea he was waiting in the wings to surprise them.

As soon as Kemerling came into plain sight, the twins darted across the gym and jumped into his open arms.

"It was really surprising and unexpected so the only thing I could do was run to him," said Micaela Kemerling.

The twins didn't expect to see their dad for another nine months, and definitely not during a school assembly.

"We just thought we were saying the pledge then whenever JT said 'we'd like to recognize a special soldier,' I saw Micaela running so I just ran wherever she did then I saw dad," said Maria Kemerling.

"I just thought there was a special guest to talk or something, then JT asked us to come back out then I saw dad and I just ran to him," said Micaela

The reunion was only a short time in the making.

"We planned it just a few days ago, honestly. I just found out when my leave would be. But [the girls] asked me a few months ago when I would come home from my tour and I told them the summertime and they were bummed," said Kemerling.

The pay-off was priceless.

"That was awesome. It's been a month since I've been away so getting to see them excited was awesome," said Kemerling.

Kemerling's wife, Sandy, and their youngest child, Noah were also at Central for the reunion.

Kody will get to spend four days at home before shipping out again.
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