When a young boy sat down to play the song “America The Beautiful” on piano for friends and family, he got a beautiful surprise that he never expected. As it turns out, the boy is part of a military family, and his older brother was stationed overseas at the time. He was playing the tune to honor his brother’s service.
About halfway through the song, however, once he got to the part “And crown thy good with brotherhood … from sea to shining sea,” the boy looks over, and sitting on the bench beside him was someone he believed to still be thousands of miles away. You can probably guess who it was. That’s right… his brother! Looks like he made it home earlier than anyone expected.
The entire heartwarming moment when the two were once again reunited was captured on video, and it is something you just have to see for yourself.
The video begins with the boy sitting down on the piano bench and beginning to play the song.
He looks to be about 12-years-old or so, and several family members are all standing around with their cellphones out filming. He thought he was just putting on a piano performance for them, but once you see his reaction, it’s easy to tell he wasn’t in on the full plan.
We see his older brother who had been serving in the Marine Corps come sneaking down the stairs.
The boy is so focused on hitting all the right notes that he doesn’t even notice.
The brother walks over, coming from behind, and sits down right next to him while he is playing.
All of a sudden, the boy glances to his right, sees his brother sitting there, and instantly becomes incredibly excited.
He jumps up shouting, rapidly throwing his hands up into the air, and the two embrace in a huge hug.
The young boy definitely missed his brother dearly while he was away serving the country abroad. He is so happy, he even starts to cry. We can only imagine what he must be feeling, and it is incredibly beautiful to watch.
At the same time, the whole family is smiling and laughing. They definitely knew what was up beforehand.
While the video only lasts about a minute, there is so much packed into it.
Even those who don’t have any active duty military members in the family can appreciate it. We’ve all been in a situation before when we’ve had to be away from our loved ones for a while, and it is always extremely difficult.
The time apart, however, can only make us stronger. It makes appreciate the time we have with one another all that much more, and really, at the end of the day, family is everything.
Watch the beautiful moment below when the marine comes home to surprise his brother.
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