Robert C. Deboer proposes to his girlfriend after the submarine USS Santa Fe made its homecoming arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Photo: U.S. Navy/Daniel Hinton

Heartwarming Photos of Hawaii's Military Reuniting with Loved Ones

Lining the piers and airfields, family and friends greet their loved ones with lei, young children, wide smiles, and arms ready to embrace.

In honor of Veterans Day, we compiled these emotional reunions and intimate moments of active military personnel returning from deployment, as captured by the U.S. Army at Wheeler Army Airfield and the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor. These servicemen and women, along with their families, make many sacrifices in order to do their jobs, including long deployments, and these photos capture the heartwarming moment when they return. Tissues, please.

A sailor assigned to the submarine USS Hawaii greets his loved ones at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing his latest deployment. 
Photo: U.S. Navy / Daniel Hinton

 

A soldier in the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center embraces a loved one following a redeployment ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield.
Photo: U.S. Army/Wynn Hoke

 

A sailor and a little one greet each other during a homecoming ceremony celebrating the return of the submarine USS Hawaii following its latest deployment.
Photo: U.S. Navy/Patrick Dille

 

A sailor from submarine USS Cheyenne greets his loved one at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Photo: U.S. Navy / Daniel Hinton

 

A sailor from submarine USS Santa Fe greets his family at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Photo: U.S. Navy / Daniel Hinton

 

Sonar Technician Submarine 2nd Class Michael Mize, assigned to submarine USS Mississippi hugs his loved during a homecoming ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Photo: U.S. Navy/Michael H. Lee

 

Logistics Specialist 1st Class Kyle Singleton, assigned to the submarine USS Texas and native of Chicago, Illinois, holds his son at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Photo: U.S. Navy/Michael H. Lee

 

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Justin Reece assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, is reunited with his fiancé, Bailey Bowlin, during a welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield.
Photo: U.S. Army/Ryan DeBooy

 

A sailor greets his loved one pierside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after the arrival of submarine USS Buffalo, following the completion of deployment in the Western Pacific Ocean.
Photo: U.S. Navy/Daniel Hinton

 

Commander Andrew T. Miller, from Hilton Head, South Carolina, commanding officer of the submarine USS Charlotte, is greeted by his children upon returning to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
Photo: U.S. Navy/Michael H. Lee

 

Lt. William Spears, from Pineville, Louisiana, assigned to the USS Columbia, is greeted by his wife and children.
Photo: U.S. Navy/Michael H. Lee

 

Lt. Cmdr. Amber Cowan, assigned to the submarine USS Texas and native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, greets her husband on the submarine pier in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Photo: U.S. Navy/Michael H. Lee

 

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, are reunited with family at Wheeler Army Airfield.
Photo: U.S. Army/Ryan Debooy