PARAMUS - Capt. Gregory Backer surprised his parents at a restaurant in Paramus tonight.

The local American Legion helped the solider surprise his parents. They had no idea he was coming home.

Capt. Backer was serving a one-year tour in Afghanistan and was allowed to come back to the U.S. for two weeks. The American Legion tricked Capt. Backer's family by telling them to go to the restaurant for an award dinner. Capt. Backer flew into Newark from Kuwait tonight.