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Soldier Surprises Mother At Her Swearing In Ceremony

Wait until you see her reaction when he walks into the room. (You might need a tissue!)


In a moving video that has people in tears, a woman who is being sworn in as a police officer is surprised by her son, who has been away for the past two years serving in the U.S. military.

The emotional moment took place when Erika Garcia-Benning was receiving her badge at a swearing in ceremony at the Irving Police Department in Irving, TX last week.

After Garcia-Benning recited the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, Chief Jeff Spivey handed the badge over to her husband so he could pin it on her uniform. A few seconds later, her son, Army Sgt. Giovanni Pando, walked into the room.

After a moment of shock, Garcia-Benning burst into tears at the sight of seeing him for the first time in over two years.

"It really did take me a good two to three seconds that this young man in his blue was my son," Garcia-Benning, 42, told TODAY Parents. "Then, I just lost it."

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The family embraced and a grinning Pando pinned the badge to his mother's shirt. The entire room erupted into cheers and applause, and you could see a few officers wiping tears from their eyes.

Garcia-Benning's husband planned the surprise reunion, and his timing couldn't have been more perfect.

The Irving Police Department later shared the video to Facebook, with the caption: "All swearing-in ceremonies are special but, every once in a while, one tugs at your heart strings a little more than others."

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The video currently has over 100K likes and has been shared over 48,000 times.

People all over the country shared their emotional reactions in the comments section.

"Yall made me cry on my lunch break!!❤❤❤," Helen Garza shared.

Barbara Cooley wrote, "Love everything about that wonderful moment. God bless them all, and keep them SAFE."

While Garcia-Benning, who said she has wanted to be a police officer since she was a little girl, admits that she'll probably "fall apart" when Pando returns to Germany on Friday, she says they never go more than a week without talking.

We can only imagine how wonderful it was for her to have her son by her side on such a special day. Kudos to her kind husband for making it happen!

(Video: Irving Police Department)

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