Sometimes the moments that make you cry are also the moments that matter the most.
Originally appeared at BuzzFeed.com
1. Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service.
Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq just a few weeks before he was due to return home.
2. Homeless and impoverished children living in New Delhi, India, receive a free education from two volunteer teachers.
3. A man looking back on the times he spent with his wife on this bench.
4. A woman whose husband passed away still has lunch with him every day.
5. An NYPD police officer gives a homeless man a new pair of shoes.
6. Two brothers’ dreams come true.
7. A German soldier solemnly celebrates his 34th birthday on the plains of Afghanistan.
8. Specialist Dean Oldt, a marksman with the 101st Airborne, is reunited with his father.
9. A soldier meets his baby for the first time.
9. Irish rugby player Brian O’Driscoll shares his Heineken Cup victory with his biggest fans at a children’s hospital.
10. An arthritic 19-year-old dog named Schoep is cradled by his owner, John, in the waters of Lake Superior, where the buoyancy eases the dog’s pain, allowing him to fall asleep comfortably in his owner’s arms.
Shortly after this photo started to spread online, people everywhere began donating money, allowing John to pay for the surgery and medication Shoep needed to live more comfortably. John used the remaining money to start a foundation to help other pets in pain.
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@Theorema — It’s simple, There are Sheep, wolves and sheep dogs.
Feel free to read http://www.killology.com/sheep_dog.htm
Soldiers do something that virtually no other vocation does and that is they place themselves in a position to make the ultimate sacrifice. They are willing to give up their lives for the protection of people they do not know and when you see a solder father embrace is baby son what goes through your mind is that the love he feels for that child is genuine, poignant and real and notwithstanding that he will venture onto a battlefield in defense of this country and its citizens because perhaps his next greatest love after his son, is his love of… Read more »
Wouldn’t picture #1 be a real great image if the soldier instead of giving the boy a flag would have hugged him? That was probably really what he needed just in that moment instead of standing there all dressed upp trying to fight back tears. Want to see some real compassion? Look at this! http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/swedish-footballer-kim-kllstrm-comforts-eightyearold-boy-picture-goes-viral-8903484.html
Anders, pull up “men coming home service” on YouTube. Or better yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCToawgvNog
When you begin a comment with “You Americans……”..you know it’s going downhill
5 of 10 photos are about soldiers. You Americans sure love your wars (although one soldier is German, but Americans selected the photos). Looks like it is hard for a man to be emotionally touching without a job that involves wielding guns in foreign countries. Fuck that! I will still remain a boring civilian pacifist, whatever you might think of me for that.
I’m not really a huge fan of war myself. I don’t really think the majority of soldiers are, either. So if you really think a sane human being enjoys going out and shooting people, you must be crazy.
No, it’s much easier to cheer for other people going out to shoot people. I know that. I’ve seen too many documentaries too, where officers with glowing eyes and a smile narrate how easy it is now with technology to kill enemies somewhere over the horizon, and what a good feeling it is to dominate the hell out of th rest of the globe that way. For God’s sake, you even have TV channels whose sole purpose is to glorify your wars and killing equipment. Pardon me for being touchy, it’s just that my finacée had to sleep in a… Read more »
I can’t imagine having to live through such an experience. I don’t think anyone deserves war. I don’t think your fiancee deserve to live in a bomb shelter for half a year as a child, I don’t think soilders deserve to have limbs and life lost to children and women strabbed with bombs. I don’t think children and women strabbed with bombs deserve to loose their life because someone else told them it was an honor to do so. I don’t think my 34 year old brother deserved to have 100% blockage in one arty and a 70% blockage in… Read more »
here here!! #StandForVets
We have tv channels devoted to war?
Do you control the decisions that your government makes? Neither do we. You are the one watching too much television if you honestly believe Americans are anything like what your media portrays us as. The average American votes for the candidates who claim to oppose war, so your blame should be directed at those who lied, not the civilians who were also lied to. If you blame us all for the actions of a few, doesn’t that make you just like the ones you hate?
Nobody cheers for anybody going out to shoot anybody else. However, when we are threatened or when our friends or allies are threatened by those who want to kill us we will defend ourselves and our citizenry is grateful to those who will take up arms in our defense and place themselves in harms way in defense of our safety our way of life. And for that reason these pictures are poignant and meaningful because we have gratitude to those who will do these things for us and our children. Now, Theorama, what country is your fiancée from and what… Read more »
This is way too funny, and very “American” way of thinking. I do agree with Theorema, and I think Americans are way too brainwashed by their government to think otherwise, it’s not their fault. It’s been proven multiple times that most “terrorist” attacks were plots by the gov’t. I just think it’s interestingly odd how as soon as something happens someone yells “terrorism!!” and everybody buys it. Have some common sense people And as for the soldiers and vets, those poor fellows are stuck in between, risking their life for a cause that doesn’t even exist in the first place,… Read more »
” ….my finacée had to sleep in a bomb shelter for half a year as a child, because US bombs.” I would like to point out that it’s because of our military that you and many others have not had to sleep in a bomb shelter.
Don’t worry Theorama despite your unwillingness to put your life on the line to protect others there are soldiers out there who are willing to do that for you. Why? Because they believe in what this country stands for and the greatest democracy the world has ever known and it is worth defending even if it means giving up ones life to do it.
it was honest , constructive criticism. you should have approved the comment about GMP living up to your own standard
Numbers 8 and 9, the fathers have the same exact facial expression. Really proving the old adage that no matter how old you get, you’re always your parents’ child.
All beautiful and moving. Made me cry.
Can’t wait for my very own #8 moment!