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Marine, believed to be in Afghanistan, surprises family at Lightning game (video)


Providing yet another misty-eyed-inducing example of why videos such as these will never get old or feel played out, a Marine surprised his family at a Tampa Bay Lightning home game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday night before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Lightning routinely recognize and pay tribute to military members at games for the sacrifices they make in defending and serving our country, but the team said that it was breaking with tradition a bit by inviting a military family instead to the game to be recognized for the many sacrifices they make while their mother, father, etc. are serving overseas.

The Lightning welcomed the family of Capt. Michael Lunn of Riverview, Fla., at the game. So there was wife Amy and sons John and Jacob watching a video of Capt. Lunn, who presumably was still stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Said Lunn in the video: “I love you guys. I miss you. See you soon. Go Lightning. Be the Thunder.”

And that’s when Lunn, a 19-year veteran of the Marine Corps who served two tours in Iraq and currently is with the Joint Special Operations Task Force, made his surprise appearance.

Call me a softy, but seeing how overcome with emotion that little guy got upon seeing his daddy, well, that’s about as heartwarming, moving and touching of a moment that you will ever see.

Boy, it sure is getting dusty in here, man.

[H/T Eye on Hockey]