Vietnam vet is heartbroken on his birthday, then Marine sneaks up behind him, gives him the best gift in the world

I’m a great believer in always remembering our elderly and the people who made us who we are today.

Christian Anderson’s grandfather had a long career as a marine, and Christian always looked up to him. He credits his grandfather with making him want to become a marine and serve his country as well.

So of course, Christian’s grandfather was devastated when he was unable to attend Christian’s graduation ceremony.


But in a truly honorable style, Christian and his family decided to surprise the man who had inspired them all throughout their lives.

“My grandfather… is the entire reason I joined the Marine Corps. He is the proudest man I know and was absolutely delighted when I told him I was thinking about joining,” Christian wrote on social media site Imgur.


It was his grandfather’s birthday, and the whole family gathered around the Vietnam veteran on the front lawn. Little did he know, he was about to get a surprise visitor!

With his unsuspecting grandfather looking the other way, Christian sneaks up behind him in his brand new Marines dress uniform and patiently waits for him to turn around. When he does, his reaction brings everyone to tears.


The veteran bursts into tears as he embraces his grandson. You can’t help but be touched by the poignant reunion.

Christian wrote after the surprise: “I always told him when I was little, I’d make him proud one day, and seeing his smile when I showed up in my blues absolutely thrilled me. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Watch the heartwarming moment for yourself below, but be warned – you’ll need tissues at the ready!