Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Marine Hasn’t Seen His Sister For 6 Years… Watch The Moment He Surprises Her.

Soldiers sacrifice everything for their country. They spend years serving abroad, without seeing their family and friends, in order to protect their countrymen. They risk their lives everyday to make sure we enjoy the comforts of living in a free democracy free of violence and turmoil.

The brave men and women miss out on birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and important days we all take for granted. Alea was only nine years old when her brother, a marine was deployed overseas. They had kept in touch since he left in 2011, but it wasn't the same not having him around.

Alea was at a basketball practice at Barberton High School in Ohio.

Her brother Brandon Griffith was stationed in San Diego, California. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq and had recently returned from the Pacific. This made it impossible to visit his little sister in Ohio.

Alea was at a basketball practice at Barberton High School in Ohio.

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During basketball practice, Alea thought the camera crew was there to do a story on her coach Greg Whitmer's 35-year-career.

It also happened to be Veteran's Day.

During basketball practice, Alea thought the camera crew was there to do a story on her coach Greg Whitmer's 35-year-career.

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Alea was in grade three when she last saw her brother.

She had asked him to visit her on her birthday which was November 19th. The 33-year-old marine told his sister he had plans for that date already.

Alea was in grade three when she last saw her brother.

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While the team was getting ready to have their photo taken, someone tapped Alea on the shoulder.

The familiar voice told her "don't forget to smile." As soon as Alea turned and recognized her brother, she broke into tears.

While the team was getting ready to have their photo taken, someone tapped Alea on the shoulder.

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The entire basketball team and coach knew about the surprise.

"I’ve been thinking about him all day today… I was thinking, 'what if I never get to see him again?'" she says.

The entire basketball team and coach knew about the surprise.

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