Spouses and children aren't the only ones who miss their soldiers when they've been deployed -- pets miss them too.
A soldier decided to see just how much his German Shepherd, Ranger, missed him while he was away during a tour of duty and surprised his pup with a game of fetch.
Ranger's heartwarming reaction when his owner arrived was caught on tape and uploaded to Youtube.
The video, which made its online debut in 2012, is YouTube's most viral veteran homecoming video with more than 21 million views to date.
In celebration of Veterans Day weekend, the video-sharing mammoth released a new video thanking veterans for their service and revealed the top 20 most-viewed veteran homecoming videos on its platform.
Danielle Tiedt, the chief marketing officer at YouTube, said in a blog post: “Ahead of this year’s Veterans Day, YouTube is sharing a new video to honor veterans for their service and all of the things they do every day — for their families, for their communities, and for our nation. To those of us who haven’t served, Veterans Day is also an opportunity for us to better understand what it means to be a member of the armed forces — in any country — and the contributions and sacrifices that military personnel and their families make on our behalf.”
“Every Veterans Day, we see a resurgence in popularity of certain video genres on YouTube, including surprise reunions and homecoming videos," Tiedt added.
Click through the most-viewed veteran homecoming videos on Youtube below:
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- This article was initially published on AOL.com: YouTube reveals top veteran homecoming videos in honor of Veterans Day