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Sgt. Alex Lopez Reunites With His Wife and Sons at the Denver Zoo on 'Surprise Homecoming' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 2:50PM
Sgt. Lopez and his wife Angie reunite on 'Surprise Homecoming' Billy Ray Cyrus welcomed military friends and family to the Denver Zoo on 'Surprise Homecoming' (Mondays, 10PM on TLC), and had an extra surprise for the Lopez family. Showing off a blue macaw, Cyrus said the bird would unravel a banner with a special message. It read "Welcome Home Sgt. First Class Alex Lopez U.S. Army." That was when Sgt. Lopez appeared from behind the exhibit to hug his waiting family.

"The moment I got to hug my family it was just like a wave of emotion going through me," he said. "A big smile, ear to ear. I took them into my arms and they just held me. It was awesome." His wife Angie and his sons Xavier and Nathan, 8 and 6-years-old, respectively, felt a similar surge of emotion. "It was very cool and very awesome at the same time," said Xavier.

"I was relieved that he was back on U.S. soil and all at the same time I was just happy for him to be home," said Angie. It was, as we've come to expect from 'Surprise Homecoming,' a tearful and joyous reunion that we feel privileged to witness.

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August 22 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God Bless ALL Troops Male and Female,....You are the reason we can do all that we do in America...My hats always off to all of you..GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 09 2011 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

glad he came home......seemed lucky for his family.......god bless him, his family, the others, and america!!!

August 09 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


August 09 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Thank you for your service and dedication to this great Country of ours. I'm happy that plain old American soldiers can come back and spend time with thier loved ones. I am military retired and respect and honor all those that have served and are currently serving. Welcome home and to others we are waiting for you also. GOD BLESS AMERICA

August 09 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to eddievee104's comment

I second that motion. from an ex Air Force brat!

August 09 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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