A Heartwarming Surprise Military Reunion


– WE HAVE GIVEN AWAY
SOME AMAZING GIFTS DURING OUR 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS. WE HAVE ONE MORE SURPRISE
FOR ALL OF YOU. I ACTUALLY–I’M GONNA NEED
AN AUDIENCE MEMBER TO HELP ME OUT WITH IT. [cheers and applause] WHERE– WHERE IS JEN LACKEY? WHERE ARE YOU, JEN LACKEY? COME ON! [upbeat music] HI.
– HI. – HOW ARE YOU?
GREAT. HOW ARE YOU? – YOUR NAME IS JEN LACKEY. – I AM JEN LACKEY. – AND YOU ARE FROM WHERE?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE? – BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA.
– UH-HUH. AND YOU ARE SINGLE?
MARRIED? – I’M MARRIED. MY HUSBAND’S IN THE MILITARY,
AND– – OH, SO HE’S NOT HERE WITH YOU. – HE’S NOT HERE.
– OKAY. [cheers and applause]
– THANK YOU. – HOW LONG HAS HE BEEN
IN THE MILITARY? – HE’S BEEN IN IT FOR 18 YEARS. – 18 YEARS. – BUT HE’S BEEN IN KUWAIT
SINCE FEBRUARY. – HE WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS?
OR… – RIGHT AFTER.
– RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS. OKAY. WHAT IS HIS NAME?
– HIS NAME IS MIKE LACKEY. – MIKE LACKEY. I ACTUALLY–I KNOW WHO YOU ARE, BECAUSE HE SENT SOMETHING
FOR YOU. LET’S LOOK AT IT TOGETHER. – THIS IS CAPTAIN MICHAEL LACKEY FROM THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OUT OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT. FOR THE PAST NINE MONTHS, I’VE BEEN DEPLOYED
TO CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT, AND THIS IS A MESSAGE
FOR MY WONDERFUL WIFE, JEN. HEY, BABE, I’M SORRY I COULDN’T
BE THERE WITH YOU TODAY. I KNOW THAT WATCHING “ELLEN”
FOR THE PAST NINE MONTHS HAS KEPT YOU SMILING EVERY DAY, AND I’M SO HAPPY YOU HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON THE SHOW RIGHT NOW, AND I’M SURE YOU’RE SMILING
FROM EAR TO EAR. I KNEW WHEN I MET YOU
TEN YEARS AGO THAT IT WAS THE GREATEST
DAY OF MY LIFE, THAT WE WERE MEANT TO BE
TOGETHER AND TO BE MARRIED, AND I MISS YOU AND OUR BEAUTIFUL
CRAZY GIRLS SO MUCH. I WROTE TO ELLEN BECAUSE
YOU’VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB TAKING CARE OF THE GIRLS
FOR THE PAST NINE MONTHS WHILE I WAS DEPLOYED, AND I’M SORRY THAT I CAN’T SPEND
CHRISTMAS WITH YOU, BUT I’LL BE HOME SOON. PLEASE GIVE THE GIRLS A KISS
AND A HUG FOR ME. I LOVE YOU. – ISN’T THAT SWEET?
– THANK YOU SO MUCH. – BECAUSE–BECAUSE I KNOW THAT
YOU WATCH THE SHOW AT NIGHT, IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER, AND THEN HE SAID THAT Y’ALL
USED TO WATCH IT TOGETHER, AND SO HE THOUGHT
HE’D BE ABLE TO WATCH YOU IF YOU WERE ON THE SHOW. AND SO, ANYWAY, SO YOU’RE
HELPING WITH THIS LAST GIFT. OKAY, SO IT’S
A VERY EXCITING GIFT, BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF A KIND, AND I WANT YOU TO–
LET’S BRING IT OUT. I THINK YOU’RE GONNA– OH, YOU’RE GONNA BE EXCITED,
I THINK. [cheers and applause] – I LOVE YOU, BABE. [cheers and applause] – ALL RIGHT, WE’LL BE BACK
AFTER THIS. WE’RE BACK WITH
CAPTAIN MICHAEL LACKEY, WHO JUST GOT BACK FROM KUWAIT AND SURPRISED HIS WIFE. THIS WAS–
YOU’RE THE MASTERMIND. YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WROTE IN AND WANTED TO SURPRISE HER
AND DO THIS. – YES. – ‘CAUSE SHE DIDN’T THINK YOU WERE GONNA BE BACK IN TIME, AND SO HOW HARD WAS THAT
TO KEEP THIS SURPRISE? – I CAN’T LIE TO HER
ABOUT ANYTHING, SO IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. EVEN THE SMALLEST GIFT,
I’LL GIVE HER THE HINT OR AT LEAST FORCE MYSELF
TO TELL HER, EVEN THOUGH I’M TRYING TO KEEP
IT A SECRET. – AND YOU’VE BEEN HIDING
BACK HERE THE WHOLE TIME. – YES.
– YEAH. – AND WE SURPRISED HER. SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS COMING
FOR SOMETHING ELSE, AND SO IT WAS REALLY GREAT. AND YOU HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS.
HOW OLD ARE THEY? – FIVE AND THREE.
BRIANNA AND ALEXA. – FIVE AND THREE.
WOW. THAT MUST REALLY BE DIFFICULT
TO BE AWAY FROM THEM. – IT’S VERY HARD. I’VE DEPLOYED– THIS IS MY FOURTH TIME,
ACTUALLY. AND IT’S THE FIRST TIME
WITH TWO KIDS. SO IT’S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. BUT, YOU KNOW, I GOT THE SKYPE
TO SEE ‘EM EVERY DAY, BUT I CAN’T WAIT. – ALL RIGHT.
– CAN’T WAIT. – WELL, SHE WENT TO GET THEM. THAT’S WHY YOUR WIFE
IS NOT HERE. SO, JEN, I THINK–
ARE YOU READY? BRING YOUR DAUGHTERS OUT,
AND… – HI, BRIANNA.
HI. [cheers and applause] HI. – DADDY’S HERE.
– HI, HONEY. HI. THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL. SO BEAUTIFUL. – LOOK AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL DRESSES AND YOUR BOWS AND EVERYTHING. YOU LOOK GREAT.
HI. – THANK YOU.
AND THERE’S ELLEN. – HOW’RE Y’ALL DOING? – SO EXCITED TO COME SEE YOU. – HERE’S YOUR DADDY. YOU’RE GONNA BE WITH YOUR DADDY
FOR CHRISTMAS. YOU’RE GONNA HAVE AN AMAZING,
AMAZING HOLIDAY TOGETHER. – BEST CHRISTMAS EVER.
– NICE. WANT TO GIVE DADDY A HUG? – NOW LATER WE CAN FINISH
THE KISSES. – YAY. – WELL, WE WANT TO GIVE YOU
A GIFT TO HAVE A VERY, VERY HAPPY
HOLIDAY. SHUTTERFLY’S VISION IS TO MAKE
THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY HELPING PEOPLE SHARE
LIFE’S JOY, AND THEY’RE GONNA SEND YOU
ON AN ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO DISNEY’S AULANI RESORT
IN HAWAII, WORTH $20,000. [cheers and applause] SO IT’S GONNA BE AMAZING. – THANK YOU SO MUCH. – WANT TO GIVE HER A HUG? A KISS? – THANK YOU. – I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE, AND MILITARY FAMILIES
ESPECIALLY, AND WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP
A VETERAN WITH THEIR HOME RENOVATIONS. IF YOU KNOW A DESERVING VETERAN
IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA, PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE. TELL US ABOUT THEM. WE WOULD LIKE TO HELP. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. [cheers and applause]

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