A 22-year old U.S. Marine from Arroyo Grande returned home this week after spending the last several months in Japan and Korea.
Often times, families reunite at the airport, but this homecoming happened at Harloe Elementary School in Arroyo Grande, as this Sergeant’s next mission was to surprise his little sister.
Hours away from putting fourth grade behind her and jumping right into summer vacation, it was just a normal day at school for Cheyanna Prelesnik.
Little did the 10-year old know, one of her dreams was about to come true.
Cheyanna’s big brother, Sgt. Brandon Prelesnik, was reporting for duty. The assignment: to see his sister for the first time in seven months.
It was the reunion Cheyanna had been waiting for but never expected. Up until then, the homecoming had been just wishful thinking by Cheyanna, hoping her brother’s next mission would be to see her.
“She wrote me a letter saying she wanted me to surprise her at school, and she gave me her room number, her teacher’s name,” explained Sgt. Prelesnik. “I didn’t think I would be home in time because her last day of school is tomorrow, but it so happened to be that I come and surprise her and make her dream come true.”
A wish granted, bringing this brother and sister back together.
“I’m just going to say that I am so happy for my brother to be home. It was amazing. I missed him,” said Cheyanna.
Sgt. Prelesnik joined the Marines four years ago. He said the last time he’d really spent time with his sister was when she was still in a car seat.
The family says they are looking forward to spending time together Thursday night at a local tradition, Farmers’ Market in San Luis Obispo.