Gotta Watch: Military homecomings
A father and son hug after dad returns home in 2011.
May 27th, 2012
09:46 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Military homecomings

On Memorial Day this Monday, the United States will remember troops who died serving their country. The holiday originally started in Waterloo in 1866 to honor those who died in the Civil War.

The last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in December. Just days ago, NATO agreed on a withdrawal of U.S.-led international military forces from Afghanistan by 2014. In honor of the contributions that U.S. troops have made to the country, watch some of our favorite military homecomings.

Welcome home

Military homecomings bring out lots of feelings among family members. This compilation of reunions will tug at your heartstrings. Which one is your favorite?

School surprise

When a soldier returns after being in Iraq for a year, he shows up at his children’s elementary school to surprise them. See the son’s emotional reaction at :25 and the daughter’s response at 1:20.

Walking to dad

This was one of the most popular videos on earlier this month. A boy with cerebral palsy was told that he wouldn’t walk, but he surprises his Marine dad by walking to him at his homecoming. The son had been working on it for months, but the family kept the new ability a secret from his dad.

Canine love

Humans aren’t the only ones who miss military members while they’re away. These dogs are ecstatic to see their owners return. Watch how macho soldiers are reduced to baby talk with their beloved pets.

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  1. saywhat

    It will indeed be a happy day when all the sons and daughters of America now engaged in far off lands return safely home.

    May 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©



      May 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles Haag

    WELCOME Home and THANK YOU. You are the Best.

    May 27, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shari montroy to mr. Mims

    Thank you mims and your platoon and all the marines for all your hard work through and through

    May 27, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. DOTUN

    I luv....u.s

    May 27, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. kel (Marine) from S.C.

    God bless everyone who has worn the uniform of our country's soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen. Semper Fi

    May 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stan

    why would anyone watch this. Murderers are coming home.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Teresa

    Thank you for your service. May god bless you and keep you safe. Hopefully you will all come home safe and soun. Rip dad. Happy memorial dad and all the men and women serving in the armed services.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stan

    it's not like there is a draft. These people signed up for service voluntarily. Not like there was any real danger anyway.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bkw

      This dude is stupid....

      May 28, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      You're right and wrong at the same time when it comes to danger whilst a deployment. There's deployments in Gulf states that don't have any danger whatsoever, and theres those that endure hardship. It all depends when and where.

      May 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Teresa

    Thank you for your service. May god be with you. Hopefully you will come home safe and sound. Rip dad. Happy memorial day dad and all men and women serving in the armed services.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Welcome home, soldiers.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Celia

    To Stan: How dare you! It's because of our men and women who serve, because of a draft or not, that you can sit safely in your home and write the garbage you write. We have a long and strong family history of military men and now my daughter, who we are very proud of. If it wasn't for these brave men and women and the families who support them, where would you be?! So, again.....HOW DARE YOU!!

    May 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Keith

    I'll add 5000 to that also

    May 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ©bobcat (in a hat)©

    Each individual homecoming is a terrific celebration in itself. But when our men and women are able to come en masse, there should be a celebration that hasn't been witnessed since the end of WW2. These brave people who have voluntarily taken up arms to keep us safe deserve more than we would ever be able to bestow upon them. It takes a very special person to take on the burden you have carried. You have my eternal grati tude for what you have done.

    May 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What a lovely tribute, and one I agree with wholeheartedly!!

      May 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Berry

      How true! How appropriate! Let's not have a homecoming for these men and women like my generation had after Vietnam!

      May 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ©bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ Jeff berry

      I too came home to that kind of reception. Really sad that we were a lost generation.

      May 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That was shameful part of American history...nothing I could ever say can erase that.
      But I'll try.

      Welcome home, Viet Nam Vets.
      Thank you for your service to our country.
      Bless every one of you.

      May 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Have you hugged a vet today?
      I haven't.

      @Rawr: ((((Hug))))

      Now I have.

      May 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David Gomez

    Welcome home and Thanks You for all that you do for our country

    May 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phyl

      David, Well said...we are so proud of all who have served and gave their lives and to those who are serving now. My son made it back from Iraq safe and sound. I give God the glory & praise...

      May 28, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Celia

    Amen, bobcat, amen. I fly my flag proudly every day for those who have and are serving. A yellow ribbon will adorn my tree and my Jeep when my daughter deploys in a few months.
    And, Stan, don't tell me there's no real danger when our soldiers are still being killed.

    May 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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