Military Homecoming: Watch Navy Commander Surprise His Children at School

This holiday season just got a lot more magical for three children enrolled at schools in Monrovia Unified School District.

Commander Jeffrey Mitchell, an officer in the United States Naval Reserve, showed up to the schools of his third-grader Charlotte, fifth-grader Sawyer, and eighth-grader Jackson a week before they had expected.

Commander Mitchell has spent the last year deployed in Bahrain. Watch the emotional reunion below, but be warned, you’ll definitely need to have tissues handy.