Sports military reunions

Today we take a moment to appreciate our freedoms that are and have been protected everyday by our military.

Sports teams around the country have helped these men and women surprise their families with incredibly emotional reunions. Today we celebrate the Fourth of July by honoring the men and women of the armed forces who have served and currently serve this country.

<p class="MsoNormal">Lt. Col. Will Adams had been deployed overseas in Afghanistan, but came back to surprise his daughter Alayna. He dressed up as a catcher since she was throwing out the first pitch. When he took of the mask she realized who he was.</p>
Lt. Col. Will Adams had been deployed overseas in Afghanistan, but came back to surprise his daughter Alayna. He dressed up as a catcher since she was throwing out the first pitch. When he took of the mask she realized who he was.

Lt. Col. Will Adams had been deployed overseas in Afghanistan, but came back to surprise his daughter Alayna. He dressed up as a catcher since she was throwing out the first pitch. When he took of the mask she realized who he was.

Sergeant Dale Dick is reunited with family during an NHL game.
Sergeant Dale Dick is reunited with family during an NHL game.
Sergeant Dale Dick is reunited with family during an NHL game.
Sgt. Zach Ames, center, who has been on a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, surprises his wife, Bri Ames, left, and their daughter Emersyn, right, with a reunion prior to an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks.
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Sgt. Zach Ames, center, who has been on a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, surprises his wife, Bri Ames, left, and their daughter Emersyn, right, with a reunion prior to an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks.
Air Force Sergeant Chris Weichman greets his daughters. The girls were competing in a contest during a Spokane Indians minor league game when they were surprised by their father who has been overseas.
Air Force Sergeant Chris Weichman greets his daughters. (James Snook/Spokane Indians) After competing in a between-inning contest at a Minor League Baseball game, most fans leave the field with little more than a new t-shirt. At Monday evening's Spokane Indians game, however, the prize was infinitely more meaningful.
Air Force Sergeant Chris Weichman greets his daughters. The girls were competing in a contest during a Spokane Indians minor league game when they were surprised by their father who has been overseas.
First Sgt. Steve Smerer surprised his son, Kyle, by dressing up as an umpire at a Mariners game.
Steve Smerer surprised his son, Kyle, by dressing up as an umpire at a Mariners game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
First Sgt. Steve Smerer surprised his son, Kyle, by dressing up as an umpire at a Mariners game.
Lt. Col. Paul Aguirre surprised his kids when they thought that they were throwing out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game.
Jordan Megenhardt/Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Aguirre's kids thought they were throwing out the first pitch; little did they know, their dad was the catcher.
Lt. Col. Paul Aguirre surprised his kids when they thought that they were throwing out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

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