If baseball is a tradition for most Americans, it's practically a religion in Boston, where the Red Sox play at the famed Fenway Park. One family was there to celebrate the Fourth of July this year and thought they would simply be seeing a video message from their loved one who has been serving on the USS Ronald Reagan, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Bridget Lydon.
But as the Lydon family took the field and watched Bridget's "live message" from the Middle East on the big screen, Bridget herself walked out to join her loved ones from behind the giant American flag draped over the Green Monster. Forget fireworks -- cue the waterworks!
The sailor hadn't seen her mother and brother since leaving for Iraq in October, so as you can imagine, it was a tear-filled, heart-warming reunion!
You can watch as Bridget not only gets to greet her loved ones, but the Red Sox also invited her to throw the ceremonial first pitch out to pitcher Tim Wakefield.
There's no question this was a ball game -- and an Independence Day -- for the Lydons to remember.
Do military reunions like these get you choked up?
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