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VIDEO: Charlotte sailor surprises family at Checkers game

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HT2 Joshua Adams surprise parents, Ray and Liz (Source: Charlotte Checkers' YouTube) HT2 Joshua Adams surprise parents, Ray and Liz (Source: Charlotte Checkers' YouTube)
HT2 Joshua Adams on the ice before the game (Source: Charlotte Checkers' YouTube) HT2 Joshua Adams on the ice before the game (Source: Charlotte Checkers' YouTube)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte family got the surprise of a lifetime after a sailor stationed overseas surprised his family at a Charlotte Checkers game.

HT2 Joshua Adams is currently stationed in Naples, Italy.

On Saturday night, Adams surprised his mom and dad at the Charlotte Checkers game against the Rockford IceHogs.

The announcer came over the PA system and drew attention to Adams' parents, Ray and Liz, who were at the game with his sister, Shannon.

A special pre-recorded video message from Adams then appeared on the video board.

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"Hey Mom, Dad, Shannon, fans of the Checkers. HT2 Joshua Adams from Naples, Italy. Just wanted to wish my family a Merry Christmas, say I wish I was home and I will see you guys soon. Love y'all."

The announcer then said it wouldn't be a Checkers game "if there was not one more surprise."

That's when HT2 Adams walked down the stairs and greeted his parents.

"When she sees me walking down the stairs towards her, she's probably gonna cry even more and then slap me," Adams predicted about his mother before the game. "I am her youngest son, so she like to know where I'm at, what I'm doing, make sure I'm okay. Still the baby-boy, stereotypical mom."

He was right.  There were tears of joy from Liz and Ray as they embraced Josh.

Adams has been in the Navy for 4.5 years, where he serves as a welder, firefighter and plumber on ships.  Both of his parents have 20 years of service.

He says it has been three years since he was able to get home for Christmas, and has been a while since he's been able to see his family.

"I'm starting to get home sick, a little bit, just means a lot to finally be home, back in Charlotte," Adams said.

Adams was able to surprise his family, in part, thanks to Operation Homefront.

He also thanked the Charlotte Checkers for helping him surprise his parents.

"It truly is the biggest thing to me. It's a blessing, honestly, because the Checkers have helped me out so much with everything. I just don't have the words to explain how much it means. Being home now, there's no words for it."

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