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. As part of the team's annual "Salute to Service" game, the Detroit Lions welcomed Michigan native, Marine Captain Josh Munsee and his family for a surprise on-field homecoming between the first and second quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on November 24, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Anna Kitchens (2R), son Caleb Kitchens (L), 4, and daughter Allie Kitchens, 19 months, react to a surprise reunion as Anna's husband, Technical Sergeant Donald Kitchens of the U.S. Air Force arrives home from his duty in Turkey two weeks early, prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Milwaukee Brewers at Safeco Field on August 9, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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.
Sgt. Wilson Caro of the US Army is reunited with his family prior to the start of the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on June 8, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Sgt. Caro is presently serving in Afganistan and was flown in by the New York Mets for the reunion. Sgt. Wilson Caro of the US Army is reunited with his daughter Ciara Luna Caro prior to the start of the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on June 8, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Sgt. Caro is presently serving in Afganistan and was flown in by the New York Mets for the reunion. Sergeant Dale Dick is reunited with family during an NHL game. U.S. Army Captain Doug Cox reunites with his wife Corrie and their children after his return from duty in Afghanistan, prior to a game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Family and friends rush into left field to greet Petty Officer Bridget Lydon of Squantum, Mass., when she surprised them by coming out from behind the giant American flag in front of the Green Monster during a pre game ceremony. Her family was on the mound watching a video about her, describing her overseas deployment when she appeared on the field unannounced. She had not been home for a visit since last October. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Toronto Blue Jays in an MLB regular season game at Fenway Park. 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.