Welcome Home USS Stockdale | San Diego Military Homecoming

Before I married into the military I always had a deep respect and fascination with military relationships. These people choose to be together even though they know it won’t be easy…that a lot of the time it will be difficult. There will be lonely nights that turn into weeks and months, and children that go months without one of their parents. But they do it anyways. They could have chosen a different path but didn’t because these people don’t see distance as a deal breaker…it always seemed so romantic to me. Waiting to hear their voice on the phone or checking the mail to see if they wrote. Longing to be together and knowing that when that moment finally comes it would all be worth it! Seriously, this is what I thought before I met my husband. But now that I think about it, it’s really no surprise that I ended up marrying someone in the military.

I know in reality it’s not all romance and love letters, it’s actually really hard and I have so much respect for these couples and families. But man, when you see a family reunited after a deployment it’s hard not to get the feels. In those minutes it’s so romantic to see eyes fill with tears when they can finally spot the ship that is about to bring their sailor home. Hearing a wife talk about how she just can’t wait to have regular evenings with her husband after he comes home from work…the mundane things we all take for granted. Thinking back to my fascination with the military I never thought I would one day have the privilege of photographing homecomings. I know you’ve all seen YouTube videos or Facebook posts of military homecomings that give you the chills. Well, I don’t have to YouTube the homecoming videos because I get to watch them unfold in real life. Right and left there are couples kissing, families hugging and kids jumping into open arms while red white and blue is everywhere you look. It’s a pretty incredible thing to witness.

My husband Alex and I will go through our first long term distance next year and it’s going to be tough. But I know we can do it. I am so inspired by the families and couples I photograph…seeing them reunite and the love and strength of their relationships tells me that we are going to be okay.
Thank you to everyone aboard the USS Stockdale for your service and a huge welcome home to Beau Citrone!

 

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2 Comments

  1. by Lori Palermi on August 24, 2016  9:49 pm Reply

    Oh my. So beautiful- what I can see through my tears anyway

  2. by Angelo Palermo on August 24, 2016  10:37 pm Reply

    You are very talented, you captured the moment beautifully. I live in Pittsburgh and I felt like I was there !!!
    Angelo Palermo (Gina's dad )

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