FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) - It was a special night for one Fort Wayne Family.
The Conrads decided to take in Friday nights TinCaps game at Parkview Field.
Little did they know their son, Sargeant Nicholas Conrad, who's been serving in Kuwait for a little more than a year, was there to surprise them.
The family was called onto the field after the second inning of the game. The emcee kept them preoccupied by talking about a tweet that Nicholas had sent about his hometown baseball team.
That's when Nicholas, who was dressed in full TinCaps gear, so as not to be noticed, quietly crept up behind his family. When his mom turned around, she fell into her son's arms.
After minutes of hugs and tears, and a standing ovation from the audience, the family, back together again, walked off the field together.
"It's always exhilirating to come home and see your family no matter how long you been gone. It's your family, it's the closet thing you got in life, they've known you your whole life, specifically for me 27 years of my life. And to be away from them even if it's a weekend, if it's a month, whatever it is. It's just a great feeling to actually be home and see them again," said Nicholas.
Come to find out, Steven Conrad was in on the whole thing. The family worked together to pull off the big surprise for mom, Kelly.
"It was pretty tough," said Steven, laughing alongside his wife. "I don't keep anything from her at all. It's like 'okay how am I going to do this?' Because it's a double edged sword for me. It's like okay if I keep a secret from her and she finds out I'm in trouble!"
"I'm just so glad he's here," said Kelly Conrad. "I'm not going to let go of him for a while."
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