19/09/2014 07:36 BST | Updated 19/09/2014 07:59 BST

Toddler Breaks Military Protocol To Greet Returning Soldier Mum

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.

To hell with the rules! Cooper Waldvogel rushes up to his mother

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.

'I was longing to hold him': Waldvogel had been in Afghanistan for nine months

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.”

For the full story, grab a hanky and pay a visit to KARE 11.

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