Minnesota airman homecoming surprise

Devin Martin
Updated: January 16, 2021 06:58 PM
Created: January 15, 2021 11:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) - There's no doubt that it's tough to be apart from family for a long period of time in the world we live in, but for military families, they never know when their loved ones will be returning home.

And on Friday evening, the Trahan family was reunited with their son after he was overseas for two years.

Brenden Trahan is a part of the United States Air Force as an airman. He was overseas in Germany where he completed his first duty.

The Trehan family spent the night at the Rochester International airport waiting for Brenden to land.

They made signs, played music and was chanting his name in anticipation for when the plane was landing.

Then when loved ones saw Brenden, the lobby erupted in cheers and tears of joy.

They say this is the happiest they've been in a long time.

“This is what it’s all about right here, the Stars and Stripes. It’s amazing. We knew this day would come, we thought it would be a lot sooner but we’re just glad that he’s able to come home and see us tonight. It’s just unbelievable,” parent Brad Trahan said.

And for Brenden, seeing his family came as a complete surprise. He was hugging loved ones left and right.

Now being back at home is something that he'll never forget.

“It’s very surreal. I mean, it’s been two years. I’m just very grateful because I know there’s some people that weren’t able to make it back. Cherish your loved ones,” Brenden Trahan said.

The community also wanted to give back to Brenden. The Olmsted County Sherriff’s office escorted the family home, in recognition of his service.

When Brenden was overseas, his chair at the dinner table remained open. It will now be full again and his mom plans to make his favorite meal, a hamburger rice hot dish.

A family reunited, after 736 days. 

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