Homecoming for soldiers’ families is always an exciting and emotional moment especially for their young children who had not seen them for a long time. When these two siblings in Ireland saw their father, one rushed forward, while the other got too emotional and simply stayed rooted to the ground.
Captain Ian Gavagan finally arrived at his home in Dublin after spending six months as a U.N. peacekeeper in the Golan Heights, on the Israel-Syria border. In a video showing Gavagan’s homecoming, his wife, Maria, and his daughter rushed forward into his arms the moment they saw him.
While his daughter was shouting “Daddy, Daddy!” with excitement, his young son, Sean, couldn’t move his feet—he was too overwhelmed by emotions. The family was too excited to see Gavagan back home that it took them a while to realize that little Sean was nowhere to be found.
Sean had stopped in his tracks a distance away with his head down.
A man believed to be Gavagan’s colleague walked over to the young boy and checked if he was okay before leading him over to his dad.
Gavagan is among the 100 soldiers that returned home after being stationed at Casement Aerodrome military base, the headquarters and only airfield of the Irish Air Corps.
He had returned earlier to marry Maria before going back for his deployment again.