Mathew Petersen is in the Navy and just finished his second and last tour in Afghanistan.
He's stationed in North Carolina, and while his 84-year-old grandfather Sonny Calderone knew he was back stateside, he had no idea his grandson and two great grand-daughters flew out for a surprise homecoming.
"I'm just a little surprised and overwhelmed," said Calderone. "Two tours in Afghanistan, four generations of children, I can't be happier. What a wonderful Father's Day!"
A family is together again, and a bond between grandfather and grandson is rekindled.
"He's an important part of my life, so I wanted to be here with him," Petersen said. "Nothing's more important to me than family."
There was lots of catching up over dinner, and the eyes of the Greatest Generation never left the presence of the current one, until a toast at dinner.
"I want to raise my glass to you, my grandson," Calderone said. "I think the world of you. I'm glad you're home safely after two tours in Afghanistan. We all love you, and I'm so glad to have you come home safely. We love you."
Petersen has a few months left in the Navy, but no further deployments are planned.
When he transitions back to civilian life, Petersen's family plans on moving back out west, where family gatherings will be more common.
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