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Brave Conquers Fear: A look back at moments of courage, strength during 2020

Join us on Dec. 21 at 10 p.m. for the half hour Brave Conquers Fear Holiday Presentation.

ATLANTA — Courage has been a necessity in a year unlike any other.  As the end of 2020 nears, 11Alive is looking back at some of the moments from our series, Brave Conquers Fear, that we've shared.

A special presentation will air next week. 

Join us on Dec. 21 at 10 p.m. for the half hour Brave Conquers Fear Holiday Presentation.

Here's a look at some of stories we will share.

A surprise homecoming

More than 80,000 Georgians bravely serve in the military. Before the pandemic, when high school pep rallies could safely happen, one soldier pulled off a surprise homecoming his mom is still thinking about.    

At the time, Army Specialist Shakir Aquill hadn't seen his mom, Officer L.J. Williamson, in almost two years. 

Watch their heartwarming story below.

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Mr. Tom helping others

One of the families who shared their Brave Conquers fear story with us is Mr. Tom Umstead.

He recognized that senior citizens have been the most isolated for the longest amount of time during the pandemic.

Mr. Tom, a senior himself, was determined to do is part to help. 

He misses what was his routine for decades: up before dawn and a day full of pickups and drop-offs. 

Here's a look at the changes he made to adjust. 

Thank you, health care workers

Bravery walks the halls of  hospitals  every day. The days are non-stop. 

It is all high stakes and it's been that way for almost a year.  So, as we looked back at some of Brave Conquers Fear stories of 2020, we revisit the chance to say, thank you. 

A year of resilience

For all that 2020 has thrown at people, the resilience, strength, and caring we've seen in our Brave Conquers Fear families has been even greater. 

Here is a look at some of those moments.