Soldier gives his children a surprise homecoming



It had been seven months since Major Paul “P.J.” Tremblay hugged his family goodbye as he left for his deployment in Afghanistan.

Thursday afternoon, his kids got a surprise visit in school as he returned from overseas. Tremblay got the opportunity to come home two months early – an occasion that he couldn’t let wait until the kids got home from school.

“After all the times I’ve been gone, both for training and deployment, this is by far the most exciting reunion,” Tremblay said.

Tremblay and his wife, Tracie, learned a few months ago that he would be coming home early from his deployment, and had planned the surprise reunion since. According to Tremblay, it’s something he’s wanted to do for his children for quite some time.

“It’s something they had seen on TV before, different marines and soldiers surprising their children,” Tremblay said. “They always kind of had a smile like ‘I would like to do that someday.’”

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5 Responses to Soldier gives his children a surprise homecoming

  1. Lola

    May 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I thank both of you for your service and sacrifice. Beautiful story.

    • Va Girl

      May 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      This is a great story. Thank you SWT! I remember as a young girl when Vietnam was over. Not because I understood war, but because my dad was a preacher and when the news broke he (literally) ran next door to the church and started ringing the church bell. My mom was crying and she went outside too and started honking the car horn. Soon the whole neighborhood joined in honking their horns in the street. I was only 6 or 7 but understood something very special was happening.

      We need never forget the sacrifice men/women in uniform make for us on a daily basis. God bless them all for their service.

  2. Shark

    May 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Love, love, love this article. It’s wonderful to read the newspaper and finally see such a lovely story. I would to express my true appreciate to Major Tremblay for protecting our families and our country. We all need to honor our soldiers more and help their families which endure such hardship when they are away from them. It’s a hardship for the wife, and especially the children and the soldier who is sleeping in the desert alone thinking of his family. A Big shout out to Dublin Middle School and Riverlawn Elementary for helping with the surprise for the children (WOW what GREAT schools). God Bless America, Major Tremblay and his beautiful family!!

  3. roseanna

    May 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks to P.J. and Tracie for just knowing you and your family. You all are great and also the family that Tracie came from is great. I don’t know P.J.’S family but I would say they are the same. Good Luck wherever you all go and GOD BLESS

  4. fred sleeper sr

    May 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    pj glad your back. give bev and I a call

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