WATCH: US Army soldier surprises family at SeaWorld San Antonio 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.

Aranda said his family had been creating memories at Seaworld throughout his children’s upbringing.

“They’re familiar with Shamu, I mean they still get surprised like it’s the first time when Shamu jumps out of the water but they’re really familiar with Shamu,” Aranda said.

Army Sgt. Noel Aranda was reunited with his three children during the Orca Encounter show at SeaWorld, following a lengthy deployment overseas. (KSAT)

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


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