10 patriotic stories that made 2015

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. 

STORY: Little girl can't wait one more minute to give her dad a hug

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.

Best video of the day! A little girl couldn't wait for a homecoming ceremony to end at Fort Carson before she ran to...

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

 

STORY: Navy vet swims entire Mississippi River to honor Gold Star families

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. 

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STORY: Soldiers rally to side of ailing Fort Hood's 'hug lady'

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. 

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STORY: WWII veteran scores touchdown during alumni game at Kansas University

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.

GO BRYAN! He ran into the end zone and straight into our hearts: 89-year-old World War II veteran Bryan Sperry scored a...

Posted by FOX 26 Houston on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

 

STORY: 'I got you': San Bernardino survivor recalls coworker's final heroic act

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.

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Not much needs to be said about this unbelievable moment, as an officer saluted a runner carrying the American flag.

Photo of the Day: A police officer salutes runner Tim Muessig as he carries the American Flag during the Old Glory Cross Country Flag Relay, which helps raise money for veterans.(Photo source: Fox News)

Posted by FOX 26 Houston on Thursday, October 29, 2015

 

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.

"One vet traveled 900 miles one way to be there. 'Just paying my respects to another veteran,' he said."In Fort Wayne,...

Posted by FOX 26 Houston on Saturday, December 19, 2015

 

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.

WWII veteran Erv Casper greets a crowd at the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.The Purple Heart recipient was escorted...

Posted by FOX 26 Houston on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

'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.”

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