Soldier surprises family at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

For the past year Sergeant Bryan Samsel has been on deployment in the Middle East. The first deployment for the Samsel’s had begun to take a toll on them especially his wife, Shannon, who was left caring for their two young children.

With help from his family and the staff at Dolly Parton’s Stampede show, Sgt. Samsel planned this surprise reunion to show how much he loves her and to take some of the load off.

Family member went to the show to celebrate Shannon’s birthday. But she had no idea that she would be getting such an incredible gift. As she was getting ready to participate in the “Bucket Brigade” game Sgt. Samsel, who had been home for a week hiding until this very moment, walked out to the arena with a bouquet. Their 4-year-old son, Axon cheered in amazement from the crowd as his mommy and daddy shared a loving embrace.

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