MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) - A U.S. Airman pulled off the surprise of a lifetime for his sister this weekend.
Jakeria Florence graduated from Mitchell County High School Friday night.
It was a moment Jakeria Florence will never forget, and it was captured all on video.
"I had glanced and saw my brother coming my way and I just froze," said Jakeria.
After moving her tassel and becoming and official graduate, her brother Jason came out from the crowd.
"It kind of scared me for a minute because my heart had dropped into my stomach," exclaimed Jakeria.
It had been two years since she'd seen him last.
Holidays and birthdays had passed, but not having her brother there for her graduation left her with a hole in her heart.
"I saw another girl who had come from the service and was walking beside her sister while she was getting her diploma and I thought where is mine at?"
Little did she know her brother and mother had been planning a big surprise.
"We had been planning it for some time," said her mother Shermeika Sheppard. "We started last year."
Jason Florence has been stationed in Alaska. He told his sister he had training and was not able to get time off to watch her graduate.
"For me it was funny because it was like she thought I wasn't coming," said Jason.
The siblings are like two peas in a pod.
"We have a close relationship," explained Jason. "We have a tight bond. Anytime she needs someone to talk to she talks to me."
This video was captured by local photographer, Scarlette Wimberly, who also knew of the plan.
"I went in the gym, set up my camera and we made it happen," said Wimberly.
She said of all the special moments she'd captured. This will be one she always remembers.
"I'm just glad to be able to capture the moment," she said.
The Florence siblings plan to remember it too.
"I wanted to make it very special for her sister so she can remember it for the rest of her life.
Jakeria said she certainly will.
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