Country music star Loretta Lynn joined American soldiers and their families in Frankfurt, West Germany, for a brief but joyous Christmas reunion with relatives at home, made possible by a video hookup.

Lynn opened the reunions by joining U.S. Army Spec. 5 Jeffrey Lawson and his wife, Denise, as they exchanged family news with folks back in Brandywine, Md.

As the linkup ended, Lynn hugged them, and the Lawsons left to permit other soldiers and their relatives to speak to their kin.