Soldiers Surprising Their Loved Ones Videos

 A friend at Fort Stewart just sent me an amazing video. It made me cry, and unless you have a heart of stone, it will greatly affect you. I know what it's like having a loved one fighting on foreign soil. My first cousin, James, fought in Desert Storm as a marine, and I worried about him all the time. I'll never forget the day he returned home!

Friends and family members lined the highway in his small home town of Irwinville, GA, to welcome him back. Then we all joined together in a celebration at his parents' house. I was filled with a multitude of powerful emotions - pride, relief, joy, and patriotism. Of course, I was also very thankful that he came back to us, safe and sound.

If you don't watch any other video on this page, please watch this first one!

The first video had such a profound effect on me that I searched for more. I found many, many heartwarming videos of U.S. troops returning home unexpectedly to their loved ones, resulting in joyous reunions. I've posted a few of them here.

Local soldier mom

This last video is one of a local soldier mom from Fitzgerald, GA. She had been away from her two small children for a year, while they stayed with their grandmother.

I cannot imagine leaving my children for a year to serve my country. I think of all the things I would have missed as they grew up without me.

Kudos to all the soldiers who have the dedication and love of country to leave their families in order to serve. No matter how you feel about war, you have to respect these men and women in uniform, along with the sacrifices their families are making! Support our troops!

Fitzgerald, GA soldier mom returns home

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Through my blurry tear filled eyes I say thank you and thumbs up!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Me, too, Bpop.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I can't even imagine properly the courage of our soldiers nor that of their loved ones who have to endure months of abject worry.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I can't, either, Sheila. We don't pay these folks nearly enough!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

How beautiful habee. My brother is in Kandahar Afghanistan, and it is always so wonderful to have him home when he comes for a visit. It is hard to be seperated from you loved ones, and so far away from home - dealing with what they have to deal with.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Habee, Absolutely Beautiful! Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Very Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

habee,that first video made me cry like a little girl. I am still sniffling and wiping my eyes. This was absolutely beautiful.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

This was lovely............... hard to see through the fuzzy eyes, but I got through them all. Thanks for this!

Kaie


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Good Heavens THIS Is wonderful, great tribute to loving families and our soldiers fighting for our country. Peace :)


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I showed the first video to my wife and cried just as much the second time around. That was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

Very uplifting to see the joy when people greet soldiers coming home. There is one I saw a month or two ago of a solider coming home and his dog seeing him for the first time. It's not like a spouse or children but it makes you cry anyway...the dog is just beside itself.


oleha 2365 6 years ago

habee, this was so very beautiful. sam called me and told me to get online and watch. yes, i cried, but how could anyone with heart not cry!thanks for sharing this with us. it really made my night.(:


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Veronica, my prayers are with him and your family!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Deb!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad you liked it, Wendy!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sam, that first little girl in the first video made me sob!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Kaie, I've watched that first one about 10 times!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Katie, I'm so glad you enjoyed these!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sam, same thing happened to me - like 10 times!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Mulberry, I think the dog reunion you're talking about is included in the first video!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Oleha! It's always good to see you! And Sam!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

The sacrifices soldiers make are too many to be counted, and I personally couldn't imagine being away from family and loved ones for a year or more. The videos were so touching, especially seeing the kids being surprised by their Dads. I am certain the hugs and kisses they got from these kids will be remembered forever.

This was really beautiful. Voted it up and--surprise!!--beautiful.

Mike


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

It just shows the terrible sacrifices the soldiers make and also how much the children miss them. Thank you, habee.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Habee, How could you watch this and not cry? We son served in Desert Storm and he wasn't allowed to tell me where he was. That was the longest 8 1/2 months of my life. My nephew just got back from Iraq about 6 months ago. Families make a big sacrifice too. This was a really neat hub you did Habee.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Habee- I read this, checked out the videos as soon as I got a "feed" on it. This was just a while ago. I watched "just" the first video and it made me cry. I watched no other before I started writing a little tribute about this view of a soldier coming home. All the while I knew I was just making a hub to point over to you and your hub. That's how GOOD your hub is! I put no videos up on mine. I'm pointing to you. I hope you're OK with this. God bless you Dear!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

You have made the Dad in me cry


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Darn you habee..I hate that you made me cry! lol Of course you know that I loved the dog greeting the best!!


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

It is so sweet and full of tears,tears of passion and tears of love when this kind of reunion happen but it is not just an emotional thing each time this happen...

The dog could remember,

This missing family member!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

That is too cool - my cousin actually did that to us when he returned from Vietnam. I was a ripe old 13 and so loved my cousin Leland. We had been worried sick about him for months; I happened to be staying with my aunt and we went out shopping. When we got home, the lights were on and everyone else was at work or supposed to be somewhere else. When we walked into the house (why you ask - but oh well), there he stood in his uniform. OMG - if you could have heard the screams and the crying. It was the best surprise EVER!! The next few days all we did was call everyone and have party after party. It was insane! We were kinda mad that he surprised us - but heck - what a gift!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

such a beautiful tribute thank you for this one. i can not say more ~aloha~


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, habee, what lovely video's. The first girl made me get tears in my eyes, but the dog really set me off! by the end of the videos I was really tearful. I watch them on TV coming home to England, and it always leaves me with a tear. England has really started to get behind the troops and we have parades, and streets filling with people. It's amazing. Thank you for a lovely reminder how great they are. Nell


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks a bunch, Mike!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Good to see you, HH!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Pam, kudos to you and your family!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sir Mickey, you are awesome!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Dimitris, it made the mom, sister, grandmother, friend, and human being in me weep!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yeah, Herbi, but at least they were good tears!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Ross, the dog got to me almost as much as that first little girl!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Buckwheat, that had to be a wonderful experience!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, Sage!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Nell, good for England! All troops deserve our respect and our gratitude!


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Nicely done... an important post, Habee!!!


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parrster 6 years ago from Oz

Thanks habee. you have my wife and I crying as we watch. emotional stuff. rated up


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I will have to come back to watch the videos. Lost someone this week and I am a little fragile to say the least.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Chris, it is pretty awesome!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Parrster, thanks for the rate! Sorry for the tears??


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh, Ethel, I'm so sorry to hear that. I'll keep you in my thoughts.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Isn't love so deep and wonderful! Beautiful Hub!


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good work, my friend. Simple but understanding. Thank you very much, Habee. Peace :)


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GreenThumbLady 6 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

Whew! That took a lot out of me. How wonderful to watch such love, happiness and thankfulness. Beautiful hub!


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C.V.Rajan 6 years ago from Kerala, India

Heart warming. Thanks for sharing.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Polly! Thanks for reading!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Nancy, glad you enjoyed it!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Good to see you, Prasetio!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Greenie, I don't know how many times I've watched the first one, but it still brings happy tears!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

CV, where ya been, buddy??


ralwus 6 years ago

I don't know which is more powerful, those tears of joy or the ones we shed for the fallen loved ones, but I do know I was so happy my son made it back safe. thanks for sharing this Holle.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Charlie, that had to be one of the happiest days of your life!


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

micky Dee made a humerous comment on one of my hubs this morning, and I decided to check out his site. So glad I did. I am adding his link and yours to my Memorial Day Southern Style hub, and plan to join both of your fan clubs. This is just too touching; you guys are must follows. (: v


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Valerie! I'm going to read your hub now!


Rick Vedrine 6 years ago

May God Bless Them and Give them or moral Support who are doing this fighting for their nation while we are sleeping playing watching TV ..................And they Still standing Out for us for our nation .......Their beloved ones are still hoping to come back one day.....Some of come back home and some are Die for their Nations..........


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I agree, Rick. These soldiers don't get nearly enough respect and gratitude.


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

This was so tear-jerking and absolutely wonderful. You are right , that no matter what a persons´view on war, you surely have to respect the brave men and their families for the sacrifces they make to help keep us in a free world. Well done. Brilliant!!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Dim, your kind words are music to my ears!


pfchazelton 4 years ago

thank u for your courage i hope to someday be able to surprise my family


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bushraismail 4 years ago from ASIA

Man why the war...pray for peace.

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