As 2015 draws to a close, why not take a look back at the stories that promoted a sense of inspiration and patriotism that were brought to you over the year?
Everything from children reunited with their military parents, to people giving their last breath to protect others, this is what makes America great.
Take a look below.
This little girl in Colorado hadn't seen her father, an Army soldier, in eight months, and she wasn't about to wait one minute longer.
28-year-old Chris Ring, a Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, swam the entire Mississippi River to raise awareness to Gold Star Families, the designation given to loved ones of soldiers killed in combat. It totaled 2,552 miles.
The "hug lady" of Fort Hood, Elizabeth Laird, whose embrace boosted the spirits of thousands of American soldiers over nearly a decade as they shipped out for Iraq and Afghanistan, found her kindness repaid by military members. They rallied to raise over $70,000 toward her medical bills after she was diagnosed with breast cancer that spread to her bones. Laird passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 83.
An 89-year-old WWII veteran ran for a touchdown Saturday during a Kansas University alumni flag football game that brought back memories of his heyday at the school during the 1946-1948 seasons.
Sperry, who enrolled in the school after serving in the Army during WWII’s Battle of the Bulge, pulled in a shuffle pass around midfield and let his guards do their job.
A man who shielded a coworker as a final act before he died in the terror attack in San Bernardino was hailed a hero.
27-year-old Denise Peraza said Shannon Johnson, 45, wrapped his arm around his younger coworker, said "I got you," and saved her life.
Not much needs to be said about this unbelievable moment, as an officer saluted a runner carrying the American flag.
Hundreds of veterans pay respect to Vietnam veteran
"One vet traveled 900 miles one way to be there. 'Just paying my respects to another veteran,' he said."
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, hundreds came to pay their respects to James Beavers, a Vietnam veteran they didn't even know.
A WWII Purple Heart recipient delighted the crowd at the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with a little dance that is sure to put a smile on your face.
'His Life Matters': Black Officer and White Police Chief Share Powerful Photo
This summer, two Texas police officers of different races shared a powerful response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
To them, race doesn’t matter in law enforcement.
“We can’t stand behind officers that do bad things,” Chief Jones said. “However, the community and the nation can’t condemn every single officer just on the actions of a few.”