Airman surprises sister for Chiawana High School graduation

Airman surprises sister for Chiawana High School graduation

PASCO, Wash. -- A new Chiawana High School graduate thought she would have to get her diploma without her big sister there to support her--she was wrong.

Watch the video above to see the heartwarming surprise.

“Cailin can you come here for a minute?” Mr. Wallwork said.

Chiawana seniors were rehearsing for their big day.

“You're not in any trouble, I promise,” he said.

Cailin Villa's older sister serves in the U.S. Air Force--they hadn't seen each other for two years.

“I know she might not have been able to be here,” the teacher told Cailin. “But she wrote a letter, and I just wanted to read a little bit of it for you.”

But Cailin's sister had planned more than just a letter.

Her sister snuck up behind her and they shared a long hug as the crowd cheered on.

“I had a feeling when he was talking about my sister being in the military,” Cailin said. “but then I was like, ‘no, I can't expect that.’ That's too much to expect. I can't expect her to be here. I'm going to get my hopes up. And then she was here! I was beyond happy.”

“I ended up crying,” Senior Airman Andrea Setzler said. “Everyone was crying.”

Setzler said she's stationed at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina.

“I get to see this beautiful face!” Cailin said. “I haven't seen it in so long, she's so pretty. I love her.”

The sisters said they've been getting by with Facetime calls.

“But it's not the same as being together, being able to hug my sister and say ‘congratulations,” Setzler said. “It feels so good.”

Setzler said she's been planning the surprise for months.

And Saturday they could celebrate Cailin's graduation together.

“I love you,” Cailin said.

“I love you too,” Setzler said back.

“It's great, I love seeing her,” Cailin said.

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