Little Girl Has No Idea Why She's at Airport Until Military Daddy Walks Through Door


Military families give up so much time together just so we can enjoy the freedoms that come with living in this country.

I can’t even imagine having to be away from your loved ones for months, not really sure when you’ll see them again.

Men and women serving in the armed forces miss out on life events, and their families back home have to try and go about their days as if one of the most important people in their lives are not thousands of miles away.

That’s why military homecoming videos are some of the most heartwarming things on the internet. In just a few minutes, you can see the joy spread across families faces as they are reunited and become whole again.

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Take this video from an airport homecoming of one U.S. Airman from Box Elder, South Dakota.

Senior Airman Ron Durbin hadn’t seen his daughter or wife for seven months as he had been serving overseas.

Little Adalynn was only 2 years old at the time, so she really didn’t understand that her dad was finally coming home.

But she showed up at the airport with her mom, Alison, and waited to see who would get off the plane.

Adalynn stood in front of the door with a sign that read, “I’m here to get my dad just don’t know cause I can’t read yet!”


When her dad finally appeared, it took little Adalynn a second to register what was happening. And then she realized who it was, threw her sign, and rushed into her dad’s arms.

As Ron held his daughter, Alison sat sobbing in the background.

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The family was together for a little over a year before Ron had to leave for another seven-month deployment.

Alison and Ron are already planning their next special surprise for their now 3-year-old daughter for her fourth birthday. Thank you to this family, and all the other military families, for their service to this country.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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