8 Heartfelt Military Homecomings Remind Us How Far Our Troops Go for America (VIDEOS)

military homecoming sgt. randall little girl dance recitalWe've said it before, and we'll say it again. We love a good military homecoming video here at The Stir. Doesn't matter what emotion it drudges up -- from streaming tears to a non-stop case of the giggles, we can't help but cheer when we see serviceman or servicewoman coming back to the States and surprising their loved ones.

And with Monday being Memorial Day, we thought, what better way to pay tribute to our devoted troops than to do a round-up of some of the all-time best homecomings? Here, eight of the "greatest hits," if you will ...


Back in March, we told you about a sailor named Ellis who surprised his grandma on her 76th birthday. The result: A lot of screaming and total adorableness.


Or how 'bout this father who, upon returning from Iraq, was surprised by his teen daughter? Classic!


Who could forget when this military dad came home and surprised his son by being dressed up as Captain America? Ahhh ... so so sweet!!!

Staff Sergeant Brett Randall has just returned from a tour in Afghanistan, and he decided to surprise his family: He showed up at the end of his 4-year-old daughter's dance recital! Ahhh! Watching this, it is impossible not to tear up.

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And who could forget the soldier who came home from Afghanistan to surprise his wife at a Bucs game around September 11th?


And wow, this army mom Staff Sergeant Kametra Smith who was on leave from Iraq entered the classroom of her 4-year-old Brooklyn, the little girl was so excited! It feels like an honor to witness their tearful reunion.


Oooh, who doesn't love a proposal with their military homecoming? This one featuring Marine Lance Corporal Matt Bodnar proposing to girlfriend Sarah Krzynowek will melt your heart!


And last but certainly not least, here's a lovely compilation of many soldiers suprising their loved ones, certain to have you sobbing. (Don't say I didn't warn you!)


What's your favorite military homecoming video out there or of these, and why?



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