In honor of Veterans Day, here is a list of some of the happiest moments for the families of soldiers.
These videos were featured on the Welcome Home Blog, which reminds readers that “regardless of political stance, no one can deny the joy felt upon seeing our troops come home safely.”
Lt. Kevin Herlithy surprises his daughter, Kerriann, at her preschool after coming home for R&R.
Home early from Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Chris Reed surprised his wife, Amy, at a Chik-fil-A in Eustis, Florida.
"I honestly could not believe it. I thought it was a dream. I thought if I screamed, I would wake up," she told WESH Orlando.
United States Army Sgt. Zach Ames had been on a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.
He surprised his wife, Bri, and their daughter, Emersyn, with a reunion on the field before an NFL football game.
Michael Seyl turned around to see the special guest at his football game in Prineville, Ore. He was surprised to see his mother, Sergeant First Class Misti Chastain, standing behind him in combat fatigues.
Chastain had been deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan, for the past 14 months.
Jessica Freedman is surprised by her brother, Lance Corporal Eric Freedman, U.S. Marine Corps, during her graduation from Cal Poly University. He had been deployed in Afghanistan for seven months.
Sgt. Richard Palmer of the 118th Infantry Regiment returned home from a year deployment in Kosovo. He surprised his daughter Hailey at a Pelicans baseball game in South Carolina.
Right before Emma Brittingham was about to compete in her gymnastics competition in Berkeley, California, the announcer asked her if she could have one wish, what would that wish be?
"That my dad could be here," the 9-year-old said.
Then the announcer told Emma to turn around, and her father, U.S. Air Force Maj. Jake Brittingham, who had been stationed in Africa for the past five months, appeared.
"After receiving orders to a new duty station, I decided to take some leave. However, I told my mother my new base needed me right away and I was flying straight there. Needless to say, her reaction was priceless!"
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During a school assembly, Dejsha Tatum believed her mom, Army Maj. Laura Byrd, was still deployed overseas in Kuwait.
"I talked to her this morning, so she has no idea that I'm actually here," Byrd, who's been in Kuwait since August 2012, told WACH FOX news reporter Ivory Hecker. "I'm a single parent. I had no one to greet me at the airport, but this is worth it all -- the surprise to her."
Petty Officer James Ellis returned from Afghanistan and surprised his children as part of a Veterans Day celebration, coordinated by their elementary school in Andrews, North Carolina.
Ranger, a German Shepherd fetches his favorite toy, "green monster." When Ranger comes back to the porch, he finds his owner home from deployment.
Sergeant First Class Richard Willis surprised his daughter, Madison Willis as she was singing with her school choir. Willis had been deployed in Afghanistan for nine months.
"My baby girl," Sgt. 1st Class Willis told FOX17. "I've got her. I've got my baby girl. You gonna cry on me? No. Yes you are."
"It was an incredible moment she will never forget for the rest of her life," says mom Gwen Willis. "That's what we do as parents, we help try to create memories for our children they'll never forget."
Navy Lt. Kyle Hanford surprised his mother, Sandy Miller, at a Chicago Bulls game against the Indiana Pacers.
Lt. Hanford was stationed on the USS George Washington in Japan. He had not seen his family in 18 months.
SFC William Webster was serving overseas in Korea. He wasn't expected home for another 2 months. He decided to surprise his 7-year-old daughter Madeline Webster at her elementary school in Eastover, North Carolina.