Military father’s return surprises daughter at SeaWorld Orlando

Earlier this week, Army Specialist Eric Espinosa reunited with his 4-year-old daughter for the first time in a year at SeaWorld Orlando’s Shamu Stadium. Specialist Espinosa of Cocoa Beach, Fla. has been serving in Afghanistan.

As a huge SeaWorld fan, it was not the first day Alexis Espinosa had seen One Ocean. However, it was the first time Alexis watched the show with her father.

After serving in Afghanistan as an Army combat engineer who was responsible for finding, defusing or activating improvised explosive devices, Specialist Espinosa was quite anxious to surprise his daughter, who had no idea he returned the previous day.

As usual, the show kicked off with a tribute all active and retired servicemen and women in the audience. Alexis’ face appeared on the giant ShamuVision screens as the announcer said there was a special surprise for a young girl in the audience. She was even more surprised to see her father appear behind her on the screen. Alexis then looked around to find her father and instantly ran to greet and hug him. Not a dry eye was left the stadium.

Watch as Alexis is reunited with her father in this video below:

Military father surprises daughter at SeaWorld Orlando Shamu Stadium

SeaWorld is a partner in the Here’s to the Heroes program which aims to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families.


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