Eufaula soldier surprises daughter at graduation

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Updated: 5/11/2013 12:00 am Published: 5/10/2013 11:42 pm

A Eufaula senior gets a special surprise when she walks down the aisle to get her diploma.
Graduation is a memorable day but for one area high school graduate the big day came with a special surprise.

Faith Lasiter gave her last speech as Eufaula's High School senior class president

"I've really enjoyed growing up with you guys, said Lasiter. "It's been an interesting journey, and each of you have made it a great memory."

It was also a successful journey. Lasiter helped carry her golf team to win the 3A State Championship and placed second.

"She has really stepped up to the plate and become a grand young women," said her mother, Tonya Lasiter.

During her speech her mother and father fought back tears.

"For our parents, the times flew by. While we were trying to spend every moment we could put of the get out of the house and away from our parents, our parents were trying to capture ever moment they could with us because they knew we were growing up faster than they could imagine," said Lasiter.

She reminded her class as they take the next step in their life not to take the moments for granted.

"I learned that lesson the hard way. As many of you know my dad has been deployed my entire senior year. He left the country the day I began my senior year and that deployment has kept him from being here tonight, Faith said.

What Faith didn't know was that her father was watching from behind the bleachers, peeking through the stairs and saw her entire graduation.

As she called all names of her classmates, the principal called her name and at the end of the football field was her father.

A daughter wide-eyed, her mouth dropping open, ran into her father's arms and told him she loved him.

"I love you baby, I'm so proud of you," said 1st Sgt. Scott Lasiter.

Faith tells FOX23 News she had a feeling he might be there but she didn't know for sure.

"It's just an amazing feeling; I feel my heart is whole again," said his daughter.

Lasiter is part of Broken Arrow's A Company 120th Engineer Battalion as part of forward support.

He was instrumental in Faith's golf success and he would capture those moments while deployed through pictures. It wasn't until Wednesday he got word that he would be able to attend his daughter's senior graduation. This is the first of his three daughters' graduations.

"I would have loved to see her at the state golf tournament but seeing her graduate was more important," said asiter.

He has to go back to work but on Friday he is dad.

"My heart dropped, it was awesome, I don't how to really explain --it was just great," said his daughter.

Friday was also his youngest daughter's birthday. She told FOX23 News her dad's homecoming is the best present.

Faith Lasiter plans to attend Northeastern State University and is working towards a golf scholarship.

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