As a dad it can be hard to be in the military. We miss so many important moments in our children’s lives. I am fortunate to have kids that understand I am doing this for them and all children so we can be safe. They have understood that is why I have missed so many dance recitals and soccer games that I would have loved to have been a part of. However my daughter was getting married and I knew I had to be there. I had to be the one to walk her down the aisle. I would have loved to help her plan her wedding from invitations to wedding favors but that was impossible. I was on active duty so time was against me. I asked for and was granted leave. Only her mom and I knew I was going to be there. I do not know who was feeling more emotion when the moment to line up came. One by one the family members went out and then it was my turn. I turned the corner to find myself face to face with my daughter. I was so in shock and so was she. We just stood there. I do not know what happened next because I just grabbed her and did not want to let her go for the next couple of minutes. Then the wedding began and I could not have been prouder.