Soldier returns from Afghanistan and surprises his son while leading the Pledge of Allegiance at school

I know I’ve said it before but I really never get tired of seeing such happiness when a soldier dad comes home and surprises his son like this (h/t: Daily Mail):

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  • steprock

    Darnit Scoop – makin us all cry.

    • Joe

      I did not

      BUT my monitor got real blurry suddenly

      OH WAIT !!

      • GreenBeretWay

        It must be the ole lady blasting you with that pepper spray again Joe.

        • Joe

          Aah choo!

          • GreenBeretWay

            Bless you Joe.

  • marketcomp

    RS you are the best for giving all of us glimmers of hope!

  • Philo Beddoe

    This child is showing pure love, not tainted by the cynicism of life.

  • celestiallady

    I’m at work – I need tissues!

  • Scoop, you’re the best! You make me cry more than any other site, but man, it’s good to cry 😀

    GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!! God bless their families.

  • I just love these clips! Tears and all.

  • Ranger1325

    Holy freakin tearjerker. God Bless all of our men and women in uniform and their families.

  • GreenBeretWay

    Fine young dude continues to say the pledge until completion.

    • That WAS awesome wasn’t it myGreenBeret! Hope you’re having a blessed day my friend!

      • GreenBeretWay

        It was great.A bit of a tearjerker but they always are.
        You might like this video too AbinC.It’s rock, not country,but it’s cool and the group is a huge supporter both stateside and overseas.I support those that support us.

        • toongoon

          Excellent side to go with the video. Thanks GreenBeret.

        • badbadlibs

          The greatest fighting force known to mankind. There is NO equal to the United States Soldier. none.
          I love you guys, I really do. I live near military bases (Army, Navy, Airforce) and I’ve been known to chase down someone in uniform just to say THANK YOU! My family cringes at those moments, but I don’t care!
          My father and his six brothers fought in WWII, my father brought home the bronze star with V and every one returned home in one piece! I thank God for that and for every single man and woman who has ever served!
          Thanks for letting my family and I live free!

          • GreenBeretWay

            Bronze with Valor,wow. He was a heck of a guy and my hero as well.
            If I see someone chasing me threw a parking lot with a bunch of embarrassed family members standing around turning beet red and cringing,I’ll know it’s YOU badbad and I promise not to run.Awesome comment.

            • badbadlibs

              Thank you from the bottom of my heart for those kind words about my father. That made my day!
              And thanks for promising not to run! 😉

          • Thank you badbad. I wish I was with you those times when you do that. I’d be so right there with your girlfriend!

        • Wow. Powerful words there my dear friend. I’ve got a few things running through my head and heart as I hear it. I couldn’t get the vivo one to load for me, so I went to look for it on another you tube and watched the one with lyrics.
          I have worked with some guys who were vietnam vets and have a wonderful Christian brother online who was a doorgunner for 2 tours overthere. I’ve seen these guys when they’ve had flashbacks, and my friend Tom suffers from PTSD as well. My father in law served on 3 ships in the Pacific, my mom’s dad, I only found out about 12 years ago (long after he’d been gone) that he was a mechanic in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, stationed in England. He too suffered PTSD, although no one really knew what it was. He never talked about it. Not many of us even knew he was over there. He almost died during a granade attack, but the jeep he was working under saved his life. My father in law had 2 ships go down under them. I never knew this until my mother in law went through some of his personal things after he died and showed them to me.
          My heart hurts for these guys- all of those who go. It hurts because they see and have to do things that they can’t ever forget or get out of their minds, but they can’t talk to their wives or brothers, sisters or parents because we haven’t a clue of what they have gone through. I always wish that one of my friends or family could tell me if only to ease their minds, but I know they never could, I feel so useless when I can’t do anything, and these are those kinds that I can’t heal a hurt.
          I am with badbadlibs- I love you guys so much!!! I am SO so thankful and grateful for my freedom and it breaks my heart to know so many have died protecting me and my family. I have a feeling I’m going to be a pest in heaven, hunting after every single one of you to give you a big hug.
          I pray for all of you guys. Thank you so much myGreenBeret, and all our excellent Vets here at scoop. You guys are truly awesome.

    • conwis

      The acorn does not fall far from the tree.
      Duty, God, Country—DAD!

      • GreenBeretWay

        When so many fathers can’t or won’t be a role model to a son, it’s refreshing to see him honor his Dad. I went to a grocery store a couple of days ago and two little dudes were talking in line,my dads better then your dad stuff. The one kid says my dad is an accountant, haha,the other kid says my dad is a real live GI Joe and he says your dad is a desk jockey. I assume a dad to dad conversation continued later that day when the information got passed on.

        • keyesforpres

          I love it, “desk jockey”.

      • keyesforpres

        ACORN might not be the best anology here!

        • conwis

          I did not use all caps, Keyes!

          • keyesforpres

            It was a joke.

            • conwis

              I realized that. As was mine.

    • sno_warrior

      Raise up a child in the way he should go……

  • Psyphurr Lock

    Dam, out of both eyes too. Grrrrr…..

  • Joe


    My monitor is all BLURRY again!

    and the keyboard is all wet too!

    I know all these heroes are missed everyday

    I hope they ALL come home soon!

    • I hope they ALL come home soon!

      From our lips to God’s ears Joe!

      • Joe

        We will need them all for the coming revolution

        Only kidding! – relax!

      • freenca


    • keyesforpres

      I hope they all come home alive and well.


  • Rshill7

    Oh boy…yeppers! My throat feels funny. Yaaaaaaay!

    P.S. Yaaaaaaay!

    • Captain_Maynard


  • sjmom

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • 2besusie

    Thanks, Scoop for sharing these moving videos with us.

    Whenever I see a reunion like this it drives home again just how huge a sacrifice our troops make on our behalf. God bless them all, and watch over them.

  • bobemakk

    This is very heartwarming and tearful. God bless our troops, I pray they all come home safe.

  • sybilll

    My eyes sprang a leak.

  • poljunkie

    Welcome home soldier!!!

    Your little guy is going to remember that for his entire life!

    I salute you for making this happen!

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Thank God we still have men and women willing to put on the uniform of our Nation’s military services and to defend America wherever the government decides to send them. Thanks to all our wonderful, brave men and women in uniform. God bless each one of them.

    • wodiej

      we need to do something about that. Far too often they are sent in harm’s way needlessly.

      • Army_Pilot1967

        I agree, but fortunately our military goes where they are ordered and they do the very best they can under whatever conditions/restrictions are placed on them.

        From: Disqus
        To: [email protected]
        Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:11 PM
        Subject: [trscoop] Re: Soldier returns from Afghanistan and surprises his son while leading the Pledge of Allegiance at school

        wodiej wrote, in response to Army_Pilot1967:
        we need to do something about that. Far too often they are sent in harm’s way needlessly. Link to comment

    • Thank you Army_Pilot.

      • Army_Pilot1967

        It was an honor and a privilege to serve. I met some of the most wonderful people in the world while on active duty. Liberals won’t believe it, but there are also some very intelligent people in uniform….really aware of what’s going on in this country and in the world….plenty smart about important things!

        From: Disqus
        To: [email protected]
        Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:39 PM
        Subject: [trscoop] Re: Soldier returns from Afghanistan and surprises his son while leading the Pledge of Allegiance at school

        AmericanborninCanada wrote, in response to Army_Pilot1967:
        Thank you Army_Pilot.
        Link to comment

  • nibblesyble

    What these men and women sacrifice astounds me daily..I am just so grateful for them and to be able to see such a heart-warming vid.

  • Dukehoopsfan

    … and to think, idiots like bill press and those of his ilk can’t understand the greatness of America.

  • wodiej

    someone was missin’ their Daddy. My Dad fought in the Korean war before I was born. He wasn’t perfect but I have many fond memories of us all going camping. He lives in Nevada now and I miss him all the time.

    • Captain_Maynard

      “My Dad fought in the Korean war before I was born. He wasn’t perfect but I have many fond memories.” 🙂

      Perfect? Who is.

      May the Lord save, bless and keep you both.

    • DebbyX

      I would never presume to know your circumstances, just let me say, my dad has passed. I miss him all the time too. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Hope I’m not speaking out of turn, I just would give anything to see him again, even for just one minute.

  • Captain_Maynard

    Wow! Hope Hillary Clinton is watching. Thems be REAL TEARS from that kid’s eyes.



  • DebbyX

    All that pent up emotion comes flowing out………..a sight to behold!

    Tears of joy………..the very best kind.

    • PJRodman

      tough little man has learned to keep his chin up…just as his dad does…but the worry and fear of not knowing what is going on…and if they are OK…24/7, is quite a heroic sacrifice all in itself. God Bless the families too. Where’s the Kleenex. Keep praying y’all, they’re not all home yet.

      • keyesforpres

        And our suicidal rules of (non)engagement are crazy. It is the soldier on the battlefield that should determine when to shoot. Not some politician.

  • ApplePie101

    As much bad as we’ve been hearing about schools and teachers lately, it’s a relief to know that there are still some teachers and schools that have true heart, appreciation for this country and for the heroes who defend it.

    The little guy even finished saying the pledge. What a trooper.

  • 12grace

    You can’t help but cry watching this….

  • keyesforpres

    Tears are streaming down my face. That child was so overcome with emotion he could hardly stand. You could hear him crying.

  • tinker_thinker

    Golly jeez …these really get to me. Thanks!

  • nehemiahreturns

    Thank you, Scoop – thank you.

  • Constance

    Tears running down my face. Huge smile on my face. 🙂

  • aZjimbo

    We have heros like this soldier and his family and complete babbling idiots in Washington. What a contrast in class, humility and courage.

  • Sorry, but I’m so sick of what should be PRIVATE things out out into the public. Like public proposals that we’re all supposed to care about. Hate to be a d-bag on something as good as a man returning home from combat to his family, but c’mon. These orchestrated moments are pure voyeurism and don’t sit well with me at all.

    • James1754

      I will defend to the death your right to voice your opinion.

      I on the other hand happen to enjoy seeing people happy.

    • I’d rather see things like this than half the crap they show on TV. Which is why I choose not to watch tv. You have the choice not to watch happy reunions of soldiers and their families.

  • James1754

    Thanks, keep up the good work.