May 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET
When members of the U.S. military return home after being deployed overseas, being greeted by man's best friend is often just as emotional as hugging their human friends.
Many military members have close bonds with their dogs, and seeing them for the first time in months can trigger the tears of knowing they have been missed. Sometimes the feeling of being back home doesn't set in until a soldier gets a slobbering kiss or a friendly nuzzle.
On this Memorial Day weekend, here's a reminder of how much canine friends can mean to those who proudly serve our country.
Even when a member of the military has given the ultimate sacrifice for his or her country, their dogs remain by their side until the end.