23 December 2013

A Heartwarming Surprise Military Reunion

Ellen surprised a family with an incredible moment, and reminded us all what the holidays are really about.

- WE HAVE GIVEN AWAY SOME AMAZING GIFTS

DURING OUR 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS. WE HAVE ONE MORE SURPRISE FOR ALL OF YOU. I ACTUALLY--I'M GONNA NEED AN AUDIENCE MEMBER TO HELP ME OUT WITH IT. [cheers and applause] WHERE-- WHERE IS JEN LACKEY? WHERE ARE YOU, JEN LACKEY? COME ON! [upbeat music] HI. - HI. - HOW ARE YOU? - GREAT. HOW ARE YOU? - YOUR NAME IS JEN LACKEY. - I AM JEN LACKEY. - AND YOU ARE FROM WHERE? WHERE DO YOU LIVE? - BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA. - UH-HUH. AND YOU ARE SINGLE? MARRIED? - I'M MARRIED. MY HUSBAND'S IN THE MILITARY, AND-- - OH, SO HE'S NOT HERE WITH YOU. - HE'S NOT HERE. - OKAY. [cheers and applause] - THANK YOU. - HOW LONG HAS HE BEEN IN THE MILITARY? - HE'S BEEN IN IT FOR 18 YEARS. - 18 YEARS. - BUT HE'S BEEN IN KUWAIT SINCE FEBRUARY. - HE WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS? OR... - RIGHT AFTER. - RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS. OKAY. WHAT IS HIS NAME? - HIS NAME IS MIKE LACKEY.

- MIKE LACKEY. I ACTUALLY--I KNOW WHO YOU ARE, BECAUSE HE SENT SOMETHING FOR YOU. LET'S LOOK AT IT TOGETHER. - THIS IS CAPTAIN MICHAEL LACKEY FROM THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OUT OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT. FOR THE PAST NINE MONTHS, I'VE BEEN DEPLOYED TO CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT, AND THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR MY WONDERFUL WIFE, JEN. HEY, BABE, I'M SORRY I COULDN'T BE THERE WITH YOU TODAY. I KNOW THAT WATCHING "ELLEN" FOR THE PAST NINE MONTHS HAS KEPT YOU SMILING EVERY DAY, AND I'M SO HAPPY YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON THE SHOW RIGHT NOW, AND I'M SURE YOU'RE SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR. I KNEW WHEN I MET YOU TEN YEARS AGO THAT IT WAS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE, THAT WE WERE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER AND TO BE MARRIED, AND I MISS YOU AND OUR BEAUTIFUL CRAZY GIRLS SO MUCH. I WROTE TO ELLEN BECAUSE YOU'VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB TAKING CARE OF THE GIRLS FOR THE PAST NINE MONTHS WHILE I WAS DEPLOYED, AND I'M SORRY THAT I CAN'T SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH YOU, BUT I'LL BE HOME SOON. PLEASE GIVE THE GIRLS A KISS AND A HUG FOR ME. I LOVE YOU. - ISN'T THAT SWEET? - THANK YOU SO MUCH. - BECAUSE--BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU WATCH THE SHOW AT NIGHT, IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER,

AND THEN HE SAID THAT Y'ALL USED TO WATCH IT TOGETHER, AND SO HE THOUGHT HE'D BE ABLE TO WATCH YOU IF YOU WERE ON THE SHOW. AND SO, ANYWAY, SO YOU'RE HELPING WITH THIS LAST GIFT. OKAY, SO IT'S A VERY EXCITING GIFT, BECAUSE IT'S ONE OF A KIND, AND I WANT YOU TO-- LET'S BRING IT OUT. I THINK YOU'RE GONNA-- OH, YOU'RE GONNA BE EXCITED, I THINK. [cheers and applause] - I LOVE YOU, BABE. [cheers and applause] - ALL RIGHT, WE'LL BE BACK AFTER THIS. WE'RE BACK WITH CAPTAIN MICHAEL LACKEY, WHO JUST GOT BACK FROM KUWAIT AND SURPRISED HIS WIFE. THIS WAS-- YOU'RE THE MASTERMIND. YOU'RE THE ONE WHO WROTE IN AND WANTED TO SURPRISE HER AND DO THIS. - YES. - 'CAUSE SHE DIDN'T THINK YOU WERE GONNA BE BACK IN TIME, AND SO HOW HARD WAS THAT TO KEEP THIS SURPRISE? - I CAN'T LIE TO HER ABOUT ANYTHING, SO IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. EVEN THE SMALLEST GIFT, I'LL GIVE HER THE HINT OR AT LEAST FORCE MYSELF TO TELL HER, EVEN THOUGH I'M TRYING TO KEEP IT A SECRET. - AND YOU'VE BEEN HIDING BACK HERE THE WHOLE TIME. - YES. - YEAH.

- AND WE SURPRISED HER. SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS COMING FOR SOMETHING ELSE, AND SO IT WAS REALLY GREAT. AND YOU HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS. HOW OLD ARE THEY? - FIVE AND THREE. BRIANNA AND ALEXA. - FIVE AND THREE. WOW. THAT MUST REALLY BE DIFFICULT TO BE AWAY FROM THEM. - IT'S VERY HARD. I'VE DEPLOYED-- THIS IS MY FOURTH TIME, ACTUALLY. AND IT'S THE FIRST TIME WITH TWO KIDS. SO IT'S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. BUT, YOU KNOW, I GOT THE SKYPE TO SEE 'EM EVERY DAY, BUT I CAN'T WAIT. - ALL RIGHT. - CAN'T WAIT. - WELL, SHE WENT TO GET THEM. THAT'S WHY YOUR WIFE IS NOT HERE. SO, JEN, I THINK-- ARE YOU READY? BRING YOUR DAUGHTERS OUT, AND... - HI, BRIANNA. HI. [cheers and applause] HI. - DADDY'S HERE. - HI, HONEY. HI. THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL. SO BEAUTIFUL. - LOOK AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL DRESSES AND YOUR BOWS AND EVERYTHING. YOU LOOK GREAT. HI. - THANK YOU. AND THERE'S ELLEN.

- HOW'RE Y'ALL DOING? - SO EXCITED TO COME SEE YOU. - HERE'S YOUR DADDY. YOU'RE GONNA BE WITH YOUR DADDY FOR CHRISTMAS. YOU'RE GONNA HAVE AN AMAZING, AMAZING HOLIDAY TOGETHER. - BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. - NICE. WANT TO GIVE DADDY A HUG? - NOW LATER WE CAN FINISH THE KISSES. - YAY. - WELL, WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A GIFT TO HAVE A VERY, VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY. SHUTTERFLY'S VISION IS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY HELPING PEOPLE SHARE LIFE'S JOY, AND THEY'RE GONNA SEND YOU ON AN ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO DISNEY'S AULANI RESORT IN HAWAII, WORTH $20,000. [cheers and applause] SO IT'S GONNA BE AMAZING. - THANK YOU SO MUCH. - WANT TO GIVE HER A HUG? A KISS? - THANK YOU. - I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE, AND MILITARY FAMILIES ESPECIALLY, AND WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP A VETERAN WITH THEIR HOME RENOVATIONS. IF YOU KNOW A DESERVING VETERAN IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA, PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE. TELL US ABOUT THEM. WE WOULD LIKE TO HELP.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. [cheers and applause]