11 Heartwarming Military Parent Homecomings Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face (PHOTOS)

Jeanne Sager | Aug 28, 2013 Parenting News

welcome home mommyConfession. Whenever I'm feeling really down, I will pull up a military homecoming video. Daddies and little girls, mommies and sons ... these awesome welcomes for the people who are out there serving our country never fail to make me smile.

Can anything top the look a little girl gets on her face when she hasn't seen her daddy in months? Or a little boy gets when he sees Mom after a year?

The reunion of a child and a parent carries with it so much emotion and so much hope.

I know I miss my daughter when I send her to school for a day or when I go on a business trip for a few. Now multiply that by weeks and months for servicemen and women and the families they leave behind.

That's true sacrifice. 

But as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder -- and the love that you can see on the faces of these returning heroes is only topped by the pure joy on the faces of their kids.

Need a pick-me-up? How about checking out some of the most beautiful expressions of love on earth ... photos of kids getting their Mommy or Daddy back!

Which one is your favorite?


Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr

  • Daddy's Little Girl


    Image via The U.S. Army/Flickr

    There's no love like that of a daddy for her little girl, and this member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse,” 1st Cavalry Division got the biggest hug of his life when his brigade returned from a year combined tour in Iraq and Kuwait in June.

  • Mama's Home!


    Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr

    Yeoman 2nd Class Victoria Kent reunites with her little boy for the first time in five months!

  • Kisses for Daddy


    Image via The US Army/Flickr

    Is any kiss sweeter than one a daddy gets from his little girl? Spc. Andy Cogswell, with the 65th Military Police Company, kissed his daughter for the first time in 15 months when he arrived home after a 15-month deployment in Iraq.

  • Running to Daddy


    Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr

    Cmdr. William Gotten, executive officer of Strike Fighter Squadron, got one heckuva welcome home -- his kids ran straight to him!

  • Group Hug!


    Image via Marines/Instagram

    In a photo from the Marines Instagram account (yes, the Marines are on Instagram!), Capt. Lucas Frokjer, officer in charge of the flightline for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, reunites with his wife and beautiful baby girl. He'd been gone for seven months, and just look at the snuggle he gets!

  • Daddies Make Excellent Pillows


    Image via The US Army/Flickr

    Maddie Lowell, 5, got her favorite snuggle buddy back when dad U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Lovell, of 585th Military Police Company, came home from a tour in Iraq.

  • Welcome Home Mommy


    Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr

    Information Systems Technician 1st Class Christina Tourville and the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf were welcomed home to Norfolk, Virginia with an extra special sign -- welcome home, Mommy! And look who is holding it!

  • Proud Papa


    Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr

    Lt. Cmdr. Charles Harris, Gold crew operations officer for the littoral combat ship USS Freedom, served his country proudly on a tour of duty in the Asia-Pacific region, and then he came home to cuddle this sweetie.

  • Two Kids and Two Arms


    Image via The US Navy/Flickr

    Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Robert Gomez came home from a seven-month deployment to two kids -- including the newborn daughter he'd never seen before!

  • Aloha Dad


    Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr

    Sailors aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan were welcomed home with a true Hawaiian greeting at the Pearl Harbor base: aloha dad.

  • It's Mom!


    Image via Official US Navy Page/Flickr

    Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Murphy spent more than six months out on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, away from her kids. From the looks of these hugs, they may never let her go again!

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