Sometimes rules are there to be broken.
And that certainly seemed the case in this emotional reunion between a female soldier and her toddler son.
Kathryn Waldvogel was returning home to Minnesota after serving a nine-month tour in Afghanistan when she was spotted by three-year-old Cooper.
The 11th Transportation’s sergeant had instructed the members of the National Guard to stand in formation until dismissed, before they greeted their loved ones.
But the little boy’s joyous reaction saw all military protocol thrown out the window as he bounded up to his mother, arms outstretched.
Waldvogen threw similar caution to the wind by dropping to her knees and enveloping her son in a warm hug.
The emotional reunion was captured by a photographer from news station KARE, and at time of press had been “liked” almost 100,000 times.
Waldvogen told KARE: “I was longing to hold him, that’s all I thought about.”