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Soldiers Surprising Their Loved Ones Videos

Updated on June 8, 2010

 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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      bushraismail 5 years ago from ASIA

      Man why the war...pray for peace.

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      pfchazelton 6 years ago

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Dim, your kind words are music to my ears!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Rick Vedrine 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      valeriebelew 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      ralwus 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      CV, where ya been, buddy??

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Good to see you, Prasetio!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nancy, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Polly! Thanks for reading!

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      Disillusioned 7 years ago from Kerala, India

      Heart warming. Thanks for sharing.

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      GreenThumbLady 7 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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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

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

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub.

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Chris, it is pretty awesome!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 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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      Richard Parr 7 years ago from Oz

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

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Sage!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckwheat, that had to be a wonderful experience!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sir Mickey, you are awesome!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, kudos to you and your family!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Good to see you, HH!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Mike!

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      Nell Rose 7 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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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

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

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 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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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 7 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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      theherbivorehippi 7 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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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      You have made the Dad in me cry

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      Micky Dee 7 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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      Pamela Oglesby 7 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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      Hello, hello, 7 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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      Mike Lickteig 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, I'm so glad you enjoyed these!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you liked it, Wendy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Deb!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Veronica, my prayers are with him and your family!

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      oleha 2365 7 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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      mulberry1 7 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.

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      samboiam 7 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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      katiem2 7 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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      Kaie Arwen 7 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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      samboiam 7 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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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      Very Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

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

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      Veronica Allen 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      sheila b. 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Me, too, Bpop.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

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