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© William Garvey
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UploadedDecember 19, 2008
TakenJanuary 1, 1980
Exposure1/80 sec at f/6.3
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I shot this photo today at the Flint International Airport. Our son Tim took a leave and decided to come home from Iraq for Christmas. He is an awesome Christmas present. (Tim looks tired because he flew all night to make it home)

In the Coming Home photo essay.

Also in the story Heart Of Our Heroes.

42 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    I am soooooo happy he is home for Christmas. Great portrait!

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home, Tim and Merry Christmas!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    This has to be the best gift you could have received for Christmas, the smiling face of your son ...Merry Christmas!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (21 Dec 2008):

    Welcome back, Tim!! We are all so proud of you and your buddies for the wonderful job you are doing!! I'm absolutely delighted for you and your family that you are back for the holidays... make every minute count!! May you and your family enjoy a truly Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    the best christmas present ever! please tell tim to let everyone know how much his service and dedication means. thank you for all you do!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home, Tim!! Thank you for your service! What a wonderful gift!!!!! :)

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Thanks Tim for your service. You and your comrades are our heroes, thank you. Hope you have a great Christmas and a happy New Year.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Hi Tim! Thank you for your willingness to protect our country from terrorism, and for putting yourself in harm's way to do so. There are no adequate words to express this gratitude, but I ask God's blessing on you and your buddies; and your family as well. Enjoy your leave for the Holidays, and take back with you the warm memories of the love of family and friends.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Tim, how wonderful you are home for the holiday. Our thoughts are always with you and all of our other brave soldiers. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Thank you so much Tim, for everything you do to ensure that America remains free. We can never thank you enough!!! God bless you and all the troops, and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!! Have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home, Tim. And thank you. R

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Fantastic Portrait of an American Hero! Welcome home for the holidays Tim!!! Thank You for Your Service and Sacrifice. God Bless Our Great Nation and God Bless Our Troops!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home! There are not adequate words to express the depth of gratitude we owe you and your Band of Brothers. Please remember that we pray for you daily as you lay your lives on the line to keep us free, while we also pray for Peace, and your safe return. May your holiday be Blessed and your New Year a safe one.

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Tim has a great, friendly smile there - it's wonderful that he can be happy at home with his family for Christmas. All the best wishes to Tim and his fellow military men and women!

  • triciamary

    triciamary gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    What a wonderful gift to have your son home during this special time. May God continue to watch over him and his fellow serviceman and women.

  • Renee Cettie

    Renee Cettie gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    What a precious gift!! A huge thank you to Tim and everyone else that is serving our country. God Bless you!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Fantastic Christmas present!!!! Welcome home Tim!! Thank you and your fellow service men for all that you do to keep a country safe! You are a true hero! May you and your family have a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Wow!!! What an awesome Christmas present!!! Nice looking son that you have. Please tell him thank you from me for serving our country and fighting for freedom for everyone. He is appreciated a whole lot!!!

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home!! God bless you and all of our troops serving the world to ensure our freedom!

  • Kevin Blair

    Kevin Blair gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Nothing is better than having family together.

  • Nicole R.

    Nicole R. gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    That is the best Christmas present! Welcome home Tim and thank you so much for your dedication to our free country! God Bless!

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home Tim...thank you so much for your service to our country and may you have a blessed Christmas at home with your loving family!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    thank you for serving our country...and being such a good son.

  • Suzy

    Suzy gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    What a nice Christmas surprize!!...Thanks to you Tim and all the fine men that work so hard to protect our freedom. Enjoy this time with your family and have a blessed Christmas!

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    I received this link from Rob and I'm glad ^-^ Tell your son Tim "Thank you for serving our country"! And Welcome home on a well deserved trip home to the best place to be at Christmas!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home, Tim! I know your heart is warmed and so is your family's! Many, many thanks for your part in defending our freedoms.

  • Robert Duncan

    Robert Duncan   gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    so great for you. good shot

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    Dear Tim; Welcome back home for the holidays.... I sincerely thank you for serving our country and wish you, William and all your family a blessed Christmas together!!! ps. my 13yr old daughter is in the office with me today, so she saw your pic - said to say hi and she thinks you're cute!!

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    The BEST gift of all - Welcome home Tim - May you be albe to stay home with your loved ones soon - Thank you for your service - Believe me, you are appreciated for your dedication. Stay safe. Loree

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip said (24 Dec 2008):

    God Blessed America. Thank you.
    This essay represent all our heroes.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard said (24 Dec 2008):

    God Bless and Keep every one of you, and know that those of us who are here on the home front will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. We will pray for you and "Peace On Earth". Our eternal gratitude to all our soldiers!

  • Talon

    Talon said (24 Dec 2008):

    Having a son in the military, I really understand the joy it is to have Tim home for the holidays. To Tim and Adam (my son) and all the family and friends who have to endure long stretches apart, thank you for your sacrifice. You are true heroes.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    Bless you Tim and all your comrades for your service to our great country, and for having a good sense of responsibility and duty. Bless you also for taking leave and coming home to your parents for the holidays - one of the greatest gifts you could give them. Speaking from experience here, retired USN myself, as is my eldest son, and he has 2 daughters who just finished their tours in the sandbox - Army style. I salute you and your compatriots. Stay safe.

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    God Bless You Tim and Thank You! We are indebted.

  • Michael Diamond

    Michael Diamond said (24 Dec 2008):

    So glad you made it home for christmas,we all sleep soundly in our beds this holiday season safe in the knowledge that you and your fellow brothers in arms are watching over us.Thank you for your sacrifice and to the ones who paid the ultimate price,I pray for you tonight! We the many are forever indebted to you few bravehearts! God bless you all!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    Tim, stay safe and what a great present you gave your parents!

  • marilu

    marilu (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    Welcome home Tim! Happy Holidays!

  • Brian Lesniak

    Brian Lesniak (Deleted) said (26 Dec 2008):

    It is a good Christmas. Welcome home.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    Wonderful entry.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Jan 2009):

    Hello Tim, I so well remember your dog Barney on a photograph that your father shot for an International photo contest that I also entered in 2007 ...I remembered seeing that picture sitting next to one of mine that I entered and out of thousands of entries it touched my heart because your dog was waiting for you to come home...Thank you for the good service you and other soldiers are doing. Please stay safe and Happy New Year.

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