A local airman gave his family an emotional surprise when he showed up during a Veteran's Day tribute at the Niobrara Valley Conference Choral Concert in Orchard on Monday.
Ty Sawyer, who has been serving with the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, walked out during the applause and surprised his family in the crowd. He is formerly of O'Neill.
Sawyer's brother was in on the surprise and prepared a special performance for him.
Chase Harrison, a choir student at West Holt, sang a heartfelt solo to honor his brother. After his powerful rendition of "Home" by Michael Bublé, the two heartily embraced and wiped away tears.