Soldier Surprises Younger Sis with Homecoming at Georgia IHOP

The video was viewed close to 1 million times in just four days.

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A U.S. Army soldier surprised her younger sister and reunited with her at IHOP in Canton Georgia in a TikTok video. Credit is extended to TikTok user @madalynne_nicole.
Image via @madalynne_nicole/TikTok

A new video is landing in the “FYP” (for you page) of nearly 1 million TikTok users this week. It showed a young soldier surprising and reuniting with her sister at an IHOP restaurant in Canton, Georgia.


After not being home for 8 months I finally got to see @gabby_braselton #army #military #homecoming

♬ Coming Home – Diddy – Dirty Money

Madalynne Nicole Braselton, who is in the U.S. Army, surprised her younger sister, Gabby, as she was sitting down to order. The pair hadn’t seen each other in eight months.

When a commenter asked what the relationship was between the soldier and the girl in IHOP, she replied: “That’s my little sister!”

In the TikTok comments, Braselton said she is with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment. She also mentioned that she received basic training at Fort Jackson, which is the U.S. Army’s largest basic training facility. It’s in Columbia, South Carolina.

“She asked me every day when I was coming home,” Braselton said of Gabby. The music in the video is “Coming Home ft. Skylar Grey” by Diddy.

Many of the commenters thanked her for her service. Braselton also spent time thanking others who commented about their own time in the U.S. Armed Forces.

She also posted a version of the video without music.


Reply to @flashranger18

♬ original sound – maddy Braselton

We contacted IHOP to find out if they had seen the video yet and asked if they had any remarks to share. In response, an IHOP spokesperson provided the following statement: “For more than 63 years, our goal at IHOP has always been to bring joy and smiles to our guests’ faces. We strive to ensure that every trip is a memorable one, anchored by delicious food that’s shared with great company. Our hearts are warmed by this reunion at one of our locations.”

There’s no shortage of videos that show soldiers surprising brothers, sisters, moms, dads, kids, other family members, friends, and pets. This one is simply the latest in a long line of homecoming clips.

We reached out to Braselton to learn more about the soldier’s surprise moment and will update this story should we receive a response.


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Recent Updates
  1. On Nov. 5, 2021, a statement from an IHOP spokesperson was added to the story.
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