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Screw military decorum:

Karis Oglesby’s parents feared their little girl wouldn’t remember her dad’s face by the time he came home from his eight-month-deployment to Kuwait. They had nothing to worry about.

The little girl, who turns 3 on Thursday, interrupted a military homecoming ceremony this week after she spotted her father standing in the front row and darted across the floor to embrace him. Her dad, 1st Lt. Daniel Oglesby, quickly returned the hug before the girl raced back to her mother.


His wife, Kristine Oglesby, said the girls were reminded of their father in many ways while he was gone. Among them, the book, “Lily Hates Goodbyes,” which is about a young girl whose dad also goes away on deployment. At the end of the story, the girl runs to give her father a big hug upon his return.

Kristine said her girls told her they planned to do the same for their dad.

“So of course I’m like, ‘Yes, yes, you’re going to do that,’ and I encouraged it. I had no idea that Karis was actually going to do it during the ceremony,” she said. “But looking back, she has no idea what the ceremony means or what the restrictions are.”

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Hat tip: HuffPo

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