Different duties in service to the military require a lot of physical and mental preparation, as well as a constant feeling of discipline and responsibility.
Being a soldier sometimes means that you have to be ready to be sent anywhere across the globe on short notice.
Those who have family know how tough it can be.
Captain Cody Lucas can tell you all about it, as he nervously waits to see his son for the first time after a mission that lasted nine months. He came to his son’s football game to surprise him.
Captain Cody Lucas is a soldier in the United States Army—more specifically, he’s a Signal Advisor with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade. His son thinks that he’s on a mission in Afghanistan and can’t even imagine the surprise he’s about to get when he goes out to play football. Ty is a freshman who plays for Clemson Tigers.
Before the surprise begins, Lucas speaks briefly for the camera because he wants to film a message for his son.
He says he’s glad to know that his son is making some good friends on the team and that he’s working hard.
You can see it in his eyes how proud he is, and that he can’t wait to hug his boy. Ty went from a tough football player to his father’s kid in a second, and it’s heart-melting.
Before the surprise, dad makes his way through the crowd of people to reach the stadium entrance and decides to wait on the side.
You can see football players coming out, one by one.
There’s so much nervous anticipation to see “Lucas” written on one of the uniforms.
Finally, Ty comes out.
At first, he doesn’t notice his dad—he was probably focused on the game they were about to play.
When his dad shouted “hey man,” Ty recognized the voice.
He looked at him and a huge smile appeared on his face.
Imagine not seeing your dad for nine months and then he suddenly appears, wearing his uniform, to watch you play.
Ty must have felt more proud than ever! After that, the two men hug and the whole stadium is screaming with joy.
Everyone felt their happiness—it’s a tear-jerking moment when you realize how strong a father-son bond can truly be.
If this video inspired you to grab your son and hug him tight, we totally understand—that’s just the effect it has.
Take a look at the comments section—people are so thrilled to see these two reunited. A lot of people have also mentioned that the dad looks very young, and we have to agree—the whole family looks as like they have the fountain of youth in their backyard.
Since it was posted in 2018, the emotional video has earned more than 23 million YouTube views.
It’s a classic, beautiful example of the fact that every child needs a father’s hug, no matter how old they are.
We bet that Ty played that night like never before!
The nation is thankful to all the brave men out there, away from their families, defending their country.
We wish you all the best and stay safe! Of course, any time you can make it home for special occasions or for the holidays, so much the better!
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Source: YouTube/Clemson Tigers