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Girl's Christmas wish--her Daddy--delivered

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A little girl who longed to spend Christmas with her father will have an unforgettable holiday with him.

Four year old Ilona Ward of Rosemount sat on Santa’s lap last weekend and shared her wish to see her father, according to the Rosemount Town Pages. Jesse Ward has been deployed since last summer as a member of the Navy’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

About a hundred people were at the Apple Valley American Legion on Friday night as the child opened a box containing a six-foot-four sailor.

“She was stunned,” said Ilona’s mom Erin Delaney.

Jesse Ward will be home for two weeks before returning to Virginia for more training, followed by a redeployment.

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