One dedicated soldier took an especially long trip this Thanksgiving, in a creative plan to return home to Conroe, Texas to propose to his girlfriend.

From KTRK/ABC 13 Eyewitness News:

It was a surprise proposal captured on video. A soldier from Conroe spent nearly a full day in transit to pop the big question to his high school sweetheart.

Byron Van Biljon and Stormy Perry met while at Caney Creek High school. After high school, Byron joined the Army. He graduated boot camp and was sent to Camp Gordon near Augusta, Georgia, in August. The two hadn’t seen each other since. That is, until Friday.

With the help of Byron’s family and Stormy’s friend, Kayla, the soldier would set up the surprise proposal. He hopped on a bus Thanksgiving morning and rode 22 hours from Georgia back home to pop the question, and it all happened in the parking lot of a Best Buy in Conroe.

Stormy and Kayla, who were out shopping for Black Friday, were approached by a camera crew to do an interview about shopping that day. Little did Stormy know that Byron was not only back in town, but also right behind her with a dozen roses and a question.

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Video from KPRC/Click2Houston.

It takes Stormy a little bit to figure out exactly what’s going on.  But she eventually catches on.  Apparently she’d been up since 3am doing some early shopping (see this alternate video).  She also got tricked into picking out her own roses.  Yes, little did she know.

Byron leaves on a bus again Saturday to take the long ride back to Georgia, reports ABC13.

Who needs Black Friday shopping fiasco stories when you can watch a soldier propose.

h/t this tweet. (Featured image credit: KPRC/Click2Houston)