Military families make incredible sacrifices when their loved ones are deployed overseas to serve our country. The missed events, hugs, and laughter at dinner tables are a constant reminder of the loved ones who are away. The holiday season can be particularly difficult for children who miss their parents the most. For 10-year-old Iliana, video chats with her father Eric Morski are a highlight, especially since he has been deployed in Nepal for the past six months as an army captain.
Despite the time difference, Iliana looks forward to chatting with her father over dinner or breakfast, or sometimes even before she goes to bed at night. As Christmas approached, she thought she would spend the holiday season just video chatting with her dad. Little did she know that Morski and his wife Meredith had planned an epic surprise for her.
Morski returned home early and sneaked into the family’s home in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. When Iliana wanted to FaceTime her father before bedtime, she had no idea he was actually downstairs in the living room. The video of this heartwarming moment shows Iliana’s ecstatic reaction when she realizes that her father is back home where he belongs. She races through the house to find him, and the family’s dog, Oliver, is also thrilled to see Morski back home.
This touching video captures the joy and happiness of a military family’s reunion, a reminder of the sacrifices that these families make every day. After watching this sweet surprise, don’t forget to share the joy with your loved ones. It’s moments like these that remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season.
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