For your daily dose of heartwarming videos, check out the two homecomings below. Though they happen across the country, they have expressions of pure joy in common.
The first, from the Kitsap Sun.
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) (AW) David Templeton, Operations Specialist 1st Class (AW) Sean Shenefelt and Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate (SW) Jason Turner made a surprise visit to PineCrest Elementary School in Bremerton, Wash., on Tuesday afternoon. The three sailors, assigned to the carrier John C. Stennis, were scheduled to be home in early May.
About 130 kids were at an assembly having a story read to them when the sailors walked in. Templeton’s 8-year-old daughter, Ali, was the first to spot the surprise and bolted towards her dad, leaping into his arms.
Seven kids total get an early reunion with their dads: Knickolas, Ali and Madeline Templeton; Vinny and Owen Shenefelt; and Amanda and Cooper Turner, the newspaper reported.
The Stennis was only home for about five months last year before the ship was ordered back to the Middle East four months earlier than expected.
“It’s nice to have some good luck and to have him home just a little bit early,” Laura Turner, wife of Jason Turner, told the paper.
The second is from ABC News.Though it happened last month, this mother’s reaction is too good not to share.
Lt. Kyle Hanford, a pilot aboard carrier George Washington, hadn’t seen his mother, Sandy, in about a year and a half. He was on six-day leave and wanted to do something special to surprise his mom.
She was lured onto the basketball court at a Chicago Bulls’ home game, believing that she’d try to shoot a basket blindfolded to win some money.
When the blindfold came off, her son was standing in front of her. Tears and hugs followed, and the packed arena cheered.