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YouTube Celebrates Veterans Day

By Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Office at YouTube

From heartwarming homecoming videos to personal vlogs about their service experiences, veterans turn to YouTube to help share their stories and form community. Thanks to their videos, we’ve been able to learn about some of the incredible individuals who serve our country, whether it’s Missy Lynn speaking out about her experience in the Air Force, Nick Bare chronicling his journey from the start of a new business to his last day in the Army, or a son sharing his Army Veteran father’s experience with dementia.

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. Millions of people have been moved by these videos of veterans coming together with their loved ones, so to pay tribute to these special moments, we’re also revealing a list of top viewed veteran homecoming videos on the platform:

Every Veterans Day, we see a resurgence in popularity of certain video genres on YouTube, including surprise reunions and homecoming videos. Millions of people have been moved by these videos of veterans coming together with their loved ones, so to pay tribute to these special moments, we’re also revealing a list of top viewed veteran homecoming videos on the platform:

  1. German Shepherd Fetches Ball, Returns to Find His Soldier Home from Deployment(21M+ views)
  2. Scuba Soldier – Back From Afghanistan Early – Surprises Family(19M+ views)
  3. Soldier welcomed home by happy dog!!! Drill Weekend(15M+ views)
  4. Cat Welcomes Home Soldier (awesome)(13M+ views)
  5. Dog Welcomes Home Soldier…Again(12M+ views)
  6. Soldier Surprises His Son(9M+ views)
  7. S. Marine Surprises His Sister During College Graduation Ceremony(9M+ views)
  8. Soldier Surprises Younger Sister At School, Tears Follow(9M+ views)
  9. Soldier dad surprises son during school assembly(8M+ views)
  10. Military Son Surprises Dad at 70th Birthday Party(7M+ views)
  11. A Heartwarming Surprise Military Reunion(7M+ views)
  12. S. Soldier Surprises Her Son During High School Football Game(7M+ views)
  13. S. Soldier Surprises Sister During High School Lunch Raffle(6M+ views)
  14. Soldiers Surprise Daughter at School Magic Show!(6M+ views)
  15. Soldier Surprises Mother in Kitchen(6M+ views)
  16. Airman comes home to handicapped dog from 6 month deployment!(6M+ views)
  17. Soldier Coming Home; Dog’s Reaction(6M+ views)
  18. Military Mom Surprises Son at School(5M+ views)
  19. Woman Sobs Uncontrollably at the Surprise Return of Her Husband, a U.S. Army Soldier(5M+ views)
  20. Surprise Military Family Welcome Home at South Carolina Football Game(5M+ views)

Today and every day, we at YouTube want to say thank you, veterans, for all you have done and continue to do for our country.

CHECK OUT THESE YOUTUBE CREATORS WHO ARE ALSO VETERANS

Jackie Aina
  • YouTube channel: Jackie Aina
  • Subscriber count: 1.7M+ subscribers

Jackie Aina is a US Army Veteran, makeup artist, beauty vlogger and influencer based in Los Angeles. She dreamed of pursuing fashion, but her strict Nigerian parents had other plans. Two years into pursuing medicine at university, Jackie left college and joined the Army where she picked up a new hobby: makeup. Serving in the military gave her newfound perspective, and while still serving, Jackie launched her YouTube channel in 2009. YouTube gave her a platform to openly express her love for makeup and creativity. Noting the need for more beauty expertise for women of color on YouTube,Jackie took on the challenge personally. Jackie now inspires women around the world to be bold, be beautiful and always be confident in whatever skin you are in. She’s also hilarious — check out one of her most popular videos here: Makeup Trends We’re Ditching in 2015 (4.8 million views).

Missy Lynn

  • YouTube channel: Missy Lynn
  • Subscriber count: 500K+ subscribers

Missy Lynn is a lifestyle and beauty guru and YouTube personality who also served as a member of the Air Force. Missy Lynn fell in love with makeup and the idea of helping others feel happy in their own skin at a young age. After graduating a year early from high school and enlisting into United States Air Force, Missy Lynn took her passion for makeup further by doing makeup on the military base for the dependent wives, kids, and friends. In 2008, Missy Lynn deployed to Balad, Iraq for 6 months, where even still she continued to work on her beauty passion and career. However while she was deployed, her brother passed away and upon her return back to the states, Missy Lynn turned to YouTube to help her cope with her depression. She watched other young women teach about makeup and review products, and decided to start her own channel as a way to express without words. Today, she has over 600K subscribers across two different channels: her beauty channel and her vlog channel. Check out this video to hear her speak about her experience in the Air Force.

Erika Bernie

Erika Bernie opened her YouTube channel to document her fitness journey after enlisting in the military. She became passionate about using YouTube because she wanted to keep herself accountable and inspire others intimidated by the process. She also uploads vlogs with her wife, a drill sergeant in the military and her second channel is the Combat Veteran.

Jesse Wellens

  • YouTube channel: PrankVsPrank
  • Subscriber count: 10M+ subscribers

Jesse Wellens is an Air Force Veteran and a long time YouTube Creator who has been uploading videos since 2007. For years he created extremely popular prank videos and daily vlogs with his ex-girlfriend Jeana. More recently, he has shifted focus to filmmaking and making high level videos. In 2015, he worked on one of the first YouTube Red Original Series, “Prank Academy”, and in 2016 he appeared in Season 2 of Joey Graceffa’s show “Escape The Night”. Over the past year, Jesse’s has pivoted away from his viral stunts in to behind the camera exploration. In March, he directed a music video for Snoop Dogg’s song Lavender, which currently has 10M views. He’s currently directing content for other YouTube Creators, and discussing additional music videos with top tier music talent. Additionally, he’s focusing on men’s lifestyle content and partnering with brands such as Adidas and Under Armour in large scale ad campaigns.

Video Examples:

Men’s Fashion 2017 – Streetwear – First “lookbook” style video

Aladdin Magic Carpet Prank – collaboration with Casey Neistat.

Epic Silver Surfer Halloween Costume 2017 – 2017’s “Aladdin”video

Human Flying Drone Behind The Scenes – He was highly involved in Casey’s Human Flying Drone video

 

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