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Military Man Home for the Holidays

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ASHLAND, Ore. — This holiday season, some members of the military are returning home for the first time in more than a year. One Ashland man left for the Navy in October of last year, and on Friday he surprised his sister at school.

Students at Ashland High School were anxious for the bell to ring and winter break to begin Friday. One sophomore in particular was even more anxious for the bell to ring than others after school because she would get to see her brother for the first time in more than a year.

Allayana Darrow didn’t have to wait that long her brother surprised her in her last class of the day. Darian Darrow has been serving in the Navy for the past 14 months and has been stationed on the east coast, most recently in Jacksonville, Florida.

He’ll be home for about two weeks and Allayana says she is excited to catch up on everything that has gone on since he’s been gone. She says it’s been a day she’s been counting down to for a long time.

“Last night I was getting all ready and this morning I was so excited and I said half an hour left of class then he had to walk in and surprise me, it was awesome, I’m so happy to have him home,” said Allayana Darrow.

Allayana says she was only able to give her brother a call every once in a while he was away. Darian’s parents were in on the surprise and also haven’t seen him in quite some time.