I always get teary watching military reunion videos, but this one ... oh this one, just melts me. The first graders at Armstrong Elementary in Eastover, N.C., were singing their hearts out in the school gym. Madeline Armstrong, 7, was leading them in a lovely version of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" when you see her face freeze. A moment later it's apparent why.
There in the audience is her father, SFC William Webster. According to the post on YouTube, he's been serving in Korea for the past six months, and wasn't supposed to be home for two more months. But there he was. When she recognizes him, emotion completely overcomes her. Grab a tissue, then watch after the jump.
How incredible was that? Apparently after mom, Jennifer, posted about his homecoming on Facebook, the school heard about it and put the wheels in motion to make the surprise happen. And what an incredible one it was.
It's just so powerful and such a reminder of all the sacrifices that our nation's military families make. According to Fayobserver.com, Madeline's dad has been away for about three years of her life, having also served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They stay in touch via weekly Facetime sessions, but having him home, of course, is the best. Jennifer told the paper:
He is her best friend. They have a bond I have never seen before in a father-daughter relationship. I am looking forward to her feeling complete again.
And, more tears.
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