The 35 Most Touching Photos Ever Taken

Sometimes the moments that make you cry are also the moments that matter the most.

1. Daniel’s surprise proposal.

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2. Lucas Hembree and his service dog, Juno, share a moment.

When former law enforcement officer Chester Hembree was told that his son Lucas, who suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome, was a poor candidate for a service animal, Chester saved a Belgian Malinois pup from a Tennessee shelter and trained him to be a service dog by himself.

ID: 1987567

3. A survivor finds a photo album and cherished memories in the remains of his home after an earthquake in Sichuan, China.

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ID: 1987193

4. Luka, a 12-year-old boy who is confined to a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy, is given physical freedom thanks to friend and photographer Matej Peljhan.

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5. Meghan Vogel carries Arden McMath across the finish line of a 3,200-meter race after McMath had collapsed on the track.

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ID: 1987340

6. Two men are married in Washington after the state legalizes gay marriage.

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ID: 1989296

7. A dog mourns at the funeral service for his master, a fallen Navy SEAL.

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Hawkeye, loyal pet to Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson, fell to the ground in front of his owner’s casket in front of friends and family of the deceased, and remained there throughout the ceremony.

ID: 1987274

8. A soldier meets his baby for the first time.

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9. Arnulfo Castorena after winning his first gold medal in swimming for Mexico in the Paralympics.

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ID: 1989374

10. An arthritic 19-year-old dog named Schoep is cradled by his owner, John, in the waters of Lake Superior, where the buoyancy eases the dog’s pain, allowing him to fall asleep comfortably in his owner’s arms.

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Shortly after this photo started to spread online, people everywhere began donating money, allowing John to pay for the surgery and medication Shoep needed to live more comfortably. John used the remaining money to start a foundation to help other pets in pain.

ID: 1987237

11. A man teaches his girlfriend the alphabet after she lost her memory.

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“Patience, love, and understanding at its finest.”

ID: 1989292

12. Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service.

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Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq just a few weeks before he was due to return home.

ID: 1987185

13. Homeless and impoverished children living in New Delhi, India, receive a free education from two volunteer teachers.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
ID: 1987403

14. A man does whatever he can to help save his wife’s life.

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ID: 1989299

15. “Our first hello…”

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16. “…And our last goodbye.”

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17. Irish rugby player Brian O’Driscoll shares his Heineken Cup victory with his biggest fans at a children’s hospital.

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18. Helen Fisher kisses the hearse carrying the body of her 20-year-old cousin, Private Douglas Halliday, as it arrives for a funeral ceremony in Wootton Bassett, England.

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ID: 1987491

19. Specialist Dean Oldt, a marksman with the 101st Airborne, is reunited with his father.

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ID: 1989089

20. A cancer patient draws her wish on a mirror.

ID: 1989162

21. Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor feeds a 2-week-old kitten named Miss Hap after her mother had been killed during a mortar attack in Korea.

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ID: 1987371

22. Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs due to tetra-amelia syndrome, leads a richer and fuller life than most.

ID: 1989200

23. A German soldier solemnly celebrates his 34th birthday on the plains of Afghanistan.

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ID: 1989129

24. “Here he kneels, the one who doesn’t need to, for those who do need to.”

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German Chancellor Willy Brandt, who was a part of the resistance against Hitler, lays down a wreath at the memorial of the Jewish ghetto. He adjusts the wreath, steps back, and falls to his knees in front of the memorial. Brandt later wrote in his memoirs: “At the abyss of German history and the weight of millions of murder victims, I did what humans do when words fail them.”

ID: 1987167

25. A man looking back on the times he spent with his wife on this bench.

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ID: 1989318

26. A woman whose husband passed away still has lunch with him every day.

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27. A terminally ill mother watches her daughter’s wedding over Skype.

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ID: 1989400

28. A father and son’s relationship over the years.

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29. Taylor and Danielle Morris show that true love can overcome any obstacle.

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30. Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans.

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ID: 1989461

31. A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative weeps.

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On Oct. 31, 2010, 436 South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives, whom they had been separated from since the 1950–53 war.

ID: 1989444

32. The very first wedding photo Wu Conghan and his wife Wu Songshi were able to take after getting married 88 years prior.

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ID: 1989507

33. An NYPD police officer gives a homeless man a new pair of shoes.

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34. Malcolm Subban’s team picture after he was drafted in the first round by the Bruins last year.

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ID: 1989487

35. Two brothers’ dreams come true.

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