Military Family Surprised During SOTU with U.S. Soldier’s Return

By Melanie Arter | February 4, 2020 | 10:58pm EST
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP  via Getty Images)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)

The wife of a U.S. soldier who was deployed to the Middle East and her two children got a welcome surprise Tuesday night while attending President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

During his address, the president said his administration was working to “finally end America's longest war” and bring U.S. troops back home.


“War places a heavy burden on our nation's military families, especially spouses like Amy Williams from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and her two children 6-year-old Elliana and 4-year-old Rowan. Amy works full time and works countless hours helping other military families,” Trump said.

“For the past seven months she has done it all while her husband Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams is in Afghanistan on fourth deployment in the Middle East. Amy's kids haven't seen their father's face in many months. Amy, your family's sacrifice makes it possible for all of our families to live in safety and in peace, and we want to thank you. Thank you, Amy,” he said.

“But, Amy, there is one more thing. Tonight we have a very special surprise. I am thrilled to inform you that your husband is back from deployment. He is here with us tonight, and we couldn't keep him waiting any longer,” the president said.

Williams emerged from the crowd, walked down the stairs, and greeted his family.

“Welcome home, Sergeant Williams. Thank you very much. As the world bears witness tonight, America is a land of heroes,” Trump said.


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