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Throughout 2017, Fox News Channel has brought you the feel-good stories of returning U.S. service members reuniting with their loves ones.

From the tarmac to the NBA hardwood to the classroom, here's a roundup of some of our favorite videos and photos. Grab a tissue... 

Eight-year-old Eliana sprinted to her mom, Master Sgt. Bethany Anderson-Burrs, who surprised her third-grade classroom.

The military mom returned to Colorado a month early from active duty in Qatar.

U.S. Air Force Major John Salotti's first order of business after returning from deployment in Kuwait?

Surprising his son Owen in his first-grade classroom in Methacton, Pennsylvania.

During a timeout at a Boston Celtics game, the family of U.S. Air Force National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Noll was introduced to the crowd.

To their surprise, Sgt. Noll then came out of the tunnel to the roar of the crowd, returning from a seven-month deployment. 

A Marine surprised his mother at a family reunion, and her epic reaction went viral. 

Nekel Moore was hosting a reunion at her home in Los Angeles when her son, Naim Tauheed, unexpectedly showed up dressed in his uniform.

"I was just so blown away. I was almost blown off of my feet when I saw him, because I didn't expect him to come," Moore said on "Fox & Friends," after missing her son for two years.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist proposes to his girlfriend, Ashley Branham, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017, after returning from a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

The young daughter of a Marine waits to greet her father as he returns from deployment at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. The squadron was reunited with their families after a six-month deployment to Turkey.

Capt. Thomas DiMiero kisses his wife, Jennifer DiMiero, during a welcome home ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, on Valentine's Day. The couple was reunited after his nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

A Virginia Army National Guardsman shares a kiss upon returning to Roanoke, Va., following a deployment. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned from Qatar, where they conducted security operations beginning in May 2016.

Oklahoma Army National Guard soldier, Staff Sgt. Mark Bartell holds his son for the first time since returning home during a ceremony in Mustang, Okla.

Pilots assigned to the "Lancers" of Electronic Attack Squadron embrace their waiting family members on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state during the squadron's welcome home ceremony.

Maj. Jeffrey Keenan greets his children, Brayden and Ainsley, at Fort Gordon, Ga., after arriving home from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

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