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 thank the men and women of the armed forces who have served this country.
United States Army 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 on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Nine-year-old Alayna Adams runs to see her father, Army Lt. Col. William Adams, before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Lt. Col. Adams, who had been stationed in Afghanistan, surprised his wife and daughter. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Paredes kisses his wife Selena after surprising her on his return from Iraq. Selena threw out the first pitch before game one of a doubleheader between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
U.S. Army Sgt. Wilson Caro, right, of Maspeth, N.Y., surprises his daughter Ciara, 6, on the field before a baseball game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Citi Field in New York, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Sgt. Caro arrived home from Afghanistan and the Mets helped set up the surprise for Ciara. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on April 11, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
Mandy Wilkes, center, cries as she is surprised by her husband, U.S. Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Mark Wilkes on leave from serving in Afghanistan, while holding their son Jett, right, during a ceremony honoring military families in the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
U.S. Army staff sergeant Clayton Walker surprises his daughter Cassidy, after an 11 month assignment overseas on the field after Cassidy sang the national anthem before the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on May 11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Airman Basic Brock Bukosky of the U.S. Air Force poses hugs his mother Debbie Buksoky after surprising her by returning home from a 6-month deployment during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Barber/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Matt Farrell (5) gets a surprise for the holiday from his brother who was deployed in Afghanistan ( Army Lt. Bo Farrell) during an NCAA basketball game between the Colgate Raiders and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on December 19, 2016, at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN. Notre Dame defeated Colgate 77-62. (Photo by Marcus Snowden/Icon Sportswire via 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)
U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Chad Boley is reunited with his family at a surprise homecoming prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Army Specialist Wes Wooten of Maryville, Missouri returns from Afghanistan to surprise his sister Mataya Wooton before a game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
Tresa McCormick of Killeen, Texas, hugs her husband, U.S Army Staff Sgt. James McCormick with their three sons at halftime in the Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl at the Sun Devil Stadium on January 1, 2005 in Tempe, Arizona. Tresa McCormick participated in the halftime “throw for charity” benefiting the USO. The Tostito’s brand team worked with the U.S. Army to bring McCormick home from his duties overseas for the surprise family reunion. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images).
Andrea Jorgensen, left, reacts to a surprise reunion with her husband, U.S. Army Capt. Joe Jorgensen, who had been deployed to Iraq, during the Panthers’ game against the Titans. The Tennessee Titans defeated the Carolina Panthers, 30-3, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, November 13, 2011. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
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)
Petty Officer Bridget is hugged before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. With her family in attendance, Lydon made a surprise visit from her ship, the USS Ronald Reagan, as the Red Sox honored America’s military personnel on the Fourth of July. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Ann Bryant, left, looks on with anticipation as her husband, U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Donald Bryant, greets their children Arielle and Tristan during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Bryant surprised his family at the game after a deployment in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
United States Army Master Sgt. Rob Buresh, center, hugs his daughters Annie, left, and Alex after he made a surprise visit home from Afghanistan before a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)
Maddie Cooper, left, 10, and her brother Joey Cooper, 12, from Alexandria, Va., hug their father U.S. Navy Lt. Lewis Cooper as they are surprised by his return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, on the field before an interleague baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Nationals Park Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Patricia Guzman, second from left, is surprised by her fiance 1st Lt. Arturo Abreu, U.S. Army National Guard, who has been serving over seas, before the start of a Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics baseball game, Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Heather Moran, returning from an 11-month deployment, surprises her son Ryan Payne, 11, between innings during a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics Friday, April 8, 2016, in Seattle. The surprise reunion was a part of the Mariners’ program that honors members of the military for their service. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Air Force Tech. Sgt. David H. Brenhuber, of Cherry Hill, N.J. who is serving in Afghanistan, hugs his wife Tammy and daughter Alexis after a surprise reunion during the first half of the New York Giants Vs Green Bay Packers, NFL American Football match at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA. 17th November 2013. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)