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US Army soldier surprises family at SeaWorld after returning from deployment

Army Sgt. Noel Aranda has been away in the Middle East for a nine-month deployment

SAN ANTONIO – It was a heartwarming reunion when a U.S. Army soldier surprised his family at SeaWorld San Antonio Sunday afternoon.

The surprise happened around 1:45 p.m. at the park, which is located at 10500 Sea World Drive.

Army Sgt. Noel Aranda was deployed to the Middle East for nine months, according to SeaWorld officials. But, he was finally reunited with his three children during the Orca Encounter show.

Following Sunday’s event, Sgt. Aranda said he will return home to his family on Monday, July 26.

About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.