Iowa Teen Reunites With Her Army Dad at Track Meet [Video]
Nowadays, you see videos of touching family reunions, where the military parent comes home and secretly surprises their son or daughter, and guess what? They never get old.
On Tuesday, Midland High School (Wyoming, IA) freshman, Gracie Harrington was running in her first high school track meet at the North Cedar meet in Stanwood. Little did she know that her father, Robert, had returned home from overseas in the Army and was hiding in a shed behind the track.
As reported by KCRG-TV9's Mike O'Brien, after Gracie finished her race, the PA announcer directed everyone's attention to across the field and there stood her father. Appropriately enough, (at a track meet) the two ran towards each other and embraced in the middle of the football field. Followed by a lot of crying, cheering and smiles.
The father and daughter have talked via video chats, but hadn't seen each other in person for over a year.
In this day and age of social media, everyone talks about "timeline cleansers". The unbridled emotion of the teen seeing her father paired with the sense of relief that their loved one is home safe, is the kind of content I'm here for.