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Navy mother surprises her daughter at school’s Veterans Day ceremony

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 11, 2014)-- A mother who returned from deployment surprised her daughter at school Tuesday during a Veterans Day ceremony.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Laura Endicott serves in the Navy. She was deployed for five months aboard the U.S.S. Battan. Endicott’s father thought it would be a good idea to surprise his granddaughter at school with her mom. Endicott has been a member of the military for almost nine years. She has previously worked for the Air Force, the Marines and the Army.

The surprise happened at Hazel Dell Elementary School in Noblesville. Leah Dunlap, 9, had no idea her mother would be there on for the Veterans Day ceremony. Endicott and Dunlap said they missed each other and were happy to be reunited.

“I was nervous and scared and I knew I was going to cry,” Endicott said.

Endicott said she was proud to be a part of the ceremony and proud to honor other Veterans.

“Thank you for your service, as much as people thank me for mine,” Endicott said.

Endicott leaves tomorrow, but she said she will see her daughter again for Thanksgiving.