Soldier Surprises Daughter as Entire Stadium Cheers
One word: heartwarming
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Loading... Please wait

(Newser) – There are plenty of reasons to cheer at college football games, but perhaps none as unexpected as this: Bella Lund, 13, thought she was being honored as Sept. 21's "Military Family of the Game" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. What she didn't realize was that as the announcer described her as "an avid Badger fan who enjoys volleyball and cross country," her mom—Army Captain Jane Renee "JR" Lund—was standing less than 40 yards behind her.

The two hadn't seen each other since Lund deployed for Afghanistan in early April (Lund herself is a grad of UWM's veterinary school, and provided agricultural education to Afghans). The announcer explained that Lund was due back in October ... "but Bella, sometimes plans change," he said. Bella turned toward the end zone and saw her mom standing there. What happens next is, as Mashable appropriately describes it, "an emotional touchdown." Some 80,772 fans apparently agreed, and stood and clapped, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. Icing on the cake: The Badgers beat Purdue 41-10.

View 1 image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Soldier Surprises Daughter as Entire Stadium Cheers is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 10 comments
Sep 23, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
A woman was away from her daughter for 5 months; cannot be unheard of let alone unique. I think this is a sign of the times: how we are currently making a fetish of our xenophobia and militarism
Sep 23, 2013 6:32 PM CDT
As sweet as this is that her Mom is home, is it necessary to continue doing these stories as if no one's privacy needs to be kept? These reunions are very emotional for all concerned and though it is great for ratings and these videos get millions of "likes", I'm betting that this young girl would rather have had her Mom come through the front door and had her all to herself for such an emotional moment. Before you call me a killjoy, I was at the base when my best friend's father returned from Vietnam, also at the age of 13, and privacy was kept for the families at all times. This gave them the chance to be joyful and overwhelmed without having to worry about being watched by 80,000 strangers, and privacy is one thing we all know that teenage girls cherish.
Sep 23, 2013 5:03 PM CDT
You TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS and others who educate and protect society - YOU are the real HEROES of our world!