After nearly a year’s deployment, Army Pfc. Briton Bommer arrived home to little fanfare — his parents didn’t know he was coming.

It took the help of two friends, Katy Estes and Bruce Jackson, to orchestrate the surprise homecoming.

“It’s my goal to make everyone cry,” Bommer said just before the tearful reunion.

A video of the moment posted with the online version of this article shows Bommer’s parents, Keeley and Bret, holding him tight, and Keeley dropping her coffee cup to embrace her son.

Then came even more joy: Briton was reunited with his 2-year-old daughter, Addieson, who his parents cared for during his deployment.

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