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Marine Honored As ‘Hometown Hero’ Surprises Brother

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

Ricky’s place of work was honoring his brother, Robert Grey III, as their new “Hometown Hero.” Robert fought in two tours overseas between 2003 and 2007 before his honorable discharge in 2007. In the video below, Ricky and their father were on-hand to accept this wonderful honor on his behalf, because Robert lived out of state and told his family he couldn’t make it…

… But little did Ricky know that his brother had actually flown all the way from North Carolina earlier in the day, and was about to join them on stage in a tearful reunion. Dad was also in on the surprise, and by this point they’d already spent an hour together preparing the surprise truly meant for Ricky, Robert’s brother and best friend in the whole world.

As Dad stands up there, clinging to his son’s framed photo, he knows Ricky is about to get the shock of a lifetime — yet he still can’t contain his emotions. Watching Ricky’s expression change as he broke into tears was enough to keep me reaching for the tissues! What an amazing welcome home for such a deserving American hero.

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