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(WATCH) Passengers help soldier pull off surprise proposal after deployment

United States Army soldier Sgt. Anthony Vance surprises his girlfriend with a proposal after a 6-month deployment in South Korea. (USA Today/YouTube)
December 31, 2015

Military homecomings are an incredibly heartwarming occasion for friends and family. Adding a surprise proposal makes the event all the more special. That’s exactly what one soldier did for his girlfriend after arriving home from deployment. He even had a little extra help to pull it all off.

Check out the joyful occasion in the video clip below:

At the Sacramento International airport, dozens of people joined together to help welcome home United States Army Soldier Sgt. Anthony Vance. After finishing a six-month deployment in South Korea, no one was more excited to have him back than his girlfriend Misty Kennedy

Rather than the usual welcome home celebration, Vance had something bigger in mind. With the help of some fellow passengers, Vance transformed the homecoming into an unforgettable moment for Kennedy and everyone else in attendance.

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United States Army soldier Sgt. Anthony Vance surprises his girlfriend with a proposal after a 6-month deployment in South Korea. (USA Today/YouTube)

Vance’s mother was also in on the surprise and helped put the whole thing together.

“It’s very exciting,” she said before the big moment. “It’s one of the most romantic things I think I’ve seen in a very long time.”

United States Army soldier Sgt. Anthony Vance surprises his girlfriend with a proposal after a 6-month deployment in South Korea. (USA Today/YouTube)

Vance had folks from his flight handoff two-dozen roses to Kennedy as they came down an escalator. As each person handed off their rose, Kennedy started to suspect that something was up.

The last person to come down with rose in hand was Vance himself. Immediately, Vance dropped down to one knee and proposed.

A surprised and tearful Kennedy of course said “yes” and the two shared a long-awaited embrace to claps and cheers from the airport crowd.

United States Army soldier Sgt. Anthony Vance surprises his girlfriend with a proposal after a 6-month deployment in South Korea. (USA Today/YouTube)

Kennedy told USA Today that she was “overwhelmed and excited.” “This is more than I could have ever imagined,” she said.

While she was certainly surprised by the proposal, Kennedy says the newly engaged couple will not be waiting long to get married. They hope to tie the knot in just two weeks before Vance heads back to South Korea.

“I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time,” Vance told reporters afterward. “It’s going to be awesome.”