Oahu Family Photographer | Military Homecoming….When your sailor comes home
When your sailor comes homes, there is nothing like the US Navy traditions upon returning from a long military deployment. It is not uncommon to see the families of the sailors standing on shore crying. Mothers, fathers, and children alike, all waiting for that first glimpse of their loved one. These are tears of sheer excitement, or sheer anticipation, as the deployment and separation is coming to an end. As the boat passes through the heads and the Missing Man tribute, all the families share the news with one another, yet it seems like an eternity before you see the ship finally pocking it’s nose around the corner and into the final stretch to port. All the sailors aboard the returning ship are standing on the deck anxiously awaiting the first glimpse of their loved ones.
Each and every time I do a military homecoming, my heart rejoices in seeing these loved ones reunited. They are all similar, yet so very different and this military homecoming was no different. It is hard to fight back the tears as you wait. Pacing back and forth, checking your phone for the “We’re here!” text. Wondering why you bothered to wear mascara because the anxious tears are already falling. The melody of the ships docked at Pearl Harbor as they sound their horns while the deployed vessel makes it’s way into home port. Tears, anxious waiting and sun….and lots of it. And finally, there was the long awaited embrace and kiss.
Welcome home, Petty Officer Third Class Crawford. It was an honor to photograph your return. I know you are more than pleased to back home again on solid ground with your beautiful wife for as long as possible.
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