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National Guard specialist proposes to girlfriend during 440th Army Band performance

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-- One couple had a night they will never forget at the Fourth of July celebration in downtown Wilmington.

Becky Yeager and her family came to Wilmington tonight to watch her boyfriend Sgt. Drew Cox perform for the 440th army band. What she didn't know was she was part of the night's performance.

Yeager and Cox have been dating for 5 years now. Cox is a specialist in the National Guard, but also plays guitar. He was performing tonight with the 440th army band. Becky thought she was just watching him perform as she always does. Then he took the stage and told the crowd he was singing to her for her birthday that he missed last week.

"So different and so new,” Cox sang.” It wasn't like any other, ‘till I met you."

Once the song came to a close, he ended on one knee with a ring in his hand.

"Rebecca Anne Yeager will you marry me?” Cox asked.

She of course said yes and he got a standing ovation. Cox said he had a lot going through his head.

"Just don't forget the words,” Cox explained. “Don't forget the words and let it flow. That's part of performance, and being a musician and being in love."

They got to join the rest of the crowd to watch the fireworks shortly after to end the celebration.
They will return home to Raleigh Thursday night to start making wedding plans.

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thank you

Way to go sir!! You made the night! May you both have many special memories together for many years! WAY TO GO!!

Sitting on the courthouse steps...

when Sgt. Cox said he was going to dedicate this song to his girlfriend because he wasn't able to spend July 1st with her celebrating her birthday, I told my wife..."I'm betting he's going to propose."

Kudo's to you Sgt. Cox! Thank you for sharing this special moment with me, my wife, and a few thousand other people.

I know, right?

I thought the same thing when Hannah came back with the story. What an fantastic moment to experience from the crowd's perspective!