CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) — Crowds cheered on at the Bank United Center Sunday while two children got an unexpected surprise. Their  mother, Sergeant Towana Thompson, was back home from military service after nearly a year of being away.

Without her family knowing, Thompson watched as her 8-year old daughter performed during a cheer competition at the center.

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Once her daughter finished her dance sequence, she was joined by her little brother and grandmother on the floor where it was announced their mother was back in Miami. Thompson came out to greet her family after 11 months of being away.

Thompson’s children quickly rushed to her side across the floor and hugged their mother.

Thompson, an E-5 army sergeant, had been stationed in Guantanamo Bay.She has served in the military for the past 11 years.

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Thompson’s two children live with their grandmother in Miami Gardens. The kids’ father is an E-6 army sergeant who is currently stationed in Fort Hood.

Not only was it an emotional reunion, but it was also the first time Thompson saw her daughter cheer.

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“I’m just excited to be home. To be with my kids. I can’t wait to have my husband here,” said Thompson.