BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A 17-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps surprised his two children during a Medieval Times photo opportunity on Tuesday.

Major Christopher Paes, a resident of Severn, Maryland was welcomed home after his third tour overseas—mostly recent in Iraq.

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Medieval Times is one of the families favorite spots and children Elijah, 9,  and Jacob, 6, thought they were taking a picture with one of the characters.

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The children gathered around with their dad who was dressed up in a knight costume.

As Paes knelt down, one of his boys eventually recognized him saying, “Are you our dad.”

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The family will be attending a Medieval Times shows over the weekend in Hanover Maryland.