Marine Mom surprises son at school Veterans Day program with early homecoming

(WTHR Photo: Rich Nye)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Kindergartners at Stony Creek Elementary School in Noblesville performed a Veterans Day program for their families Monday afternoon.

"Veterans Day is on November 11th,” said a boy in the back row of the risers.

“That's because 100 years ago, a big war ended,” responded a girl on the back row.

“It happened at the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month,” said another girl in the middle of the group.

Watching the songs and short poems from a hidden location was United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Mariah Singleton.

Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Mariah Singleton with her two sons, Cameron and Quincy.

“How sweet it is, and they have so much pride,” said Singleton. “They're just little humans that soak it up and it's awesome. I think it's really cool that they got taught that here, that they think that's important to have pride in your country and the people that serve.”

Staff Sergeant Singleton was more than just another mom in the crowd. She's a Marine who came home early for the holidays to surprise her son, Cameron, at school. Singleton had not held her sons since March.

While the students had their backs turned watching a video, Singleton snuck up from behind. As Cameron turned around, his mother said, “Surprise! Hi baby.”

Cameron seemed stunned and stood motionless for a moment before his mother swept him up into her arms and the audience applauded.

Cameron said he was “super surprised." He was not expecting his mother home until Tuesday and did not expect her to come to school.

The Marine Mom has served as an intel analyst based in Australia and Hawaii for the past eight months.

"It’s really empowering, actually,” said Singleton. “If there's one thing that I've learned from this, it's that you can be a woman and have it all. You can be a good mom and have a career. You can do awesome things. I've gotten to travel the world and work with other female Marines and inspire other people. That's been really awesome."

Her husband, Jason, is also a Marine Staff Sergeant, recruiting in Maryland. So, their two sons, 5-year-old Cameron and 2-year-old Quincy, lived with their Mariah’s parents in Noblesville.

“You’re my good, brave boy,” Mariah told Cameron, kissing his cheek. “Look at you, you got so big. You told me you wouldn't get big. You got so big. I missed you so much.”

“You can decide if you want to take me home or not,” Cameron told his mom after the program.

“I want to take you home," said Mariah.

Mariah has a new assignment in Maryland, where her husband is stationed. The entire family will be back together very soon.