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The 35 Most Touching Photos Ever Taken

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

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

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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.


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.

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.


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.


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."


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.