Reunions
Military dad deployed for 9 months shows up for son’s football game
You are never too old for a hug from your dad. Their bond is so thick it's palpable.
Rebecca Reid
11.04.21

Time apart doesn’t diminish the love between a father and son.

CPT Cody Lucas, stationed in Afghanistan, came home to surprise his son in an emotional and heartwarming reunion.

CPT Lucas stands in the back of the football stadium alongside his other family members to witness the reaction from his son.

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His son has no idea what is about to happen.

His son, Ty, plays for Clemson as a running back and had no idea that his dad was waiting in the wings before the game.

In a video by Clemson, you can see CPT Lucas anxiously waiting for his son to appear. He paces back and forth and you can feel the excitement and the anticipation building.

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When Ty finally sees his dad, he can’t believe it.

He can’t help but have a huge smile on his face as he looks at his dad. His father, Cody, puts his hand out for a handshake but quickly grabs and hugs his son.

The moment is so special and you can see the strong bond between these two.

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You are never too old for a hug from your dad.

This reunion is clearly a happy one with both father and son elated at the chance to finally see each other in person.

It had been 9 long months of separation for CPT Lucas’ family and moments like these are what it’s all about.

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A serviceman and a father.

CPT Cody Lucas serves our nation in the United States Army as a Signal Advisor with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The father and son reunion just happened to take place during the Military Appreciation Game. What a special way to give recognition to our men and women who serve while honoring a family’s dedication and sacrifice.

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That is the look of pure happiness.

There is no doubt this reunion will be one they will remember their entire lives. What a special moment for the family and everyone at the game.

The video has been seen over 28 million times. Ty Lucas still plays for Clemson as a Junior.

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“It was a huge surprise…it was the best thing ever…I didn’t expect it at all it was crazy.” – Ty Lucas said after the game.

In the video, you can see Ty’s mother wiping away tears as they take in what has just happened.

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“Hey, thank you Clemson for making this happen…we really appreciate it and I know my wife appreciates it. All my family appreciates it so thank you guys,” CPT Lucas gives his words of thanks with tears in his eyes.

The long wait was worth it for this family and while Ty is most likely proud of his dad, this is the face of a very proud father.

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See the touching video of their reunion below!

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By Rebecca Reid
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Rebecca Reid is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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