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Soldier surprises brother before high school basketball game

A local high school basketball player was treated to a pre-game surprise.

Posted: Dec. 9, 2017 10:34 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 7:09 AM

ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) — A local high school basketball player was treated to a surprise Saturday evening. Aulton Martin in a junior on Attica's varsity basketball team.

His older brother Addison has been away serving in the United States Army. Addison arrived home on leave — just in time for tip off at his brother's game.

The two have stayed in touch over the last two years by bonding over basketball. The Martin family will have the opportunity to enjoy Christmas with Addison this year. Both Addison and his mother Rae Ann said these are moments they will hang onto for a lifetime. 

"It was very special for me," said Addison. "Considering that he [Aulton] only has one more year to play, and I'll be gone again here soon. So, it'll be good to watch him tonight."

Rae Ann Martin said her son's trip home is especially important with Christmas on the way. 

"Just cherish every moment you have," she said. "The memories that you make with each other is a lot and that's what I cherish. I mean, no material item could ever replace my family, and that's why I just love our time together."

Addison will be home for 25 days before he reports back to his base in Texas.

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