New York City — A mother and son, who don't get to see the patriarch of their family very often due to him serving in the U.S. Army, got the surprise of a lifetime Wednesday morning on Good Morning America that had many people in the audience and at home reaching for the nearest tissue box!
Holly and Will thought they were appearing on GMA for a segment about military families. But little did they know, the segment was all about them and their commitment to supporting the man in their life -- Sgt. Tyler Black, a Fort Hood soldier.
GMA anchor Lara Spencer said thanks to the morning show's sponsor, Teleflora, a floral wire service company, Holly and Will wouldn't have to wait until after the holidays to see Sgt. Black in person. And immediately, Will's father and Holly's husband appeared in a video message saying, "Hi, Holly and Will. I miss you guys. Happy holidays to all. I wish I was there and could give you a big hug. Oh, wait. Maybe I can!"
And just like that, Christmas came early for Sgt. Black and his family.
He came out from behind a wall at GMA, and Will and Holly ran out to hug him for the first time since May in an emotional reunion. While the family tearfully embraced, Lara asked Will how it felt to know his dad would be home for Christmas.
"I am so happy," Will said tearfully hugging his father.
Sgt. Black said, "I am so blessed to be able to be here and spend this precious time with my family."