Three-year-old Cooper Waldvogel of Little Falls, Minn., is used to waiting.
Cooper’s mom Kathryn Waldvogel had been deployed in Afghanistan for nine months with the 114th Transportation Company.
Cooper’s dad and Kathryn’s husband Adam returned from service in Afghanistan back in December.
Kathryn and Adam haven’t seen each other in 19 months, which means Cooper has been without his parents for a third of his life.
At the reunion ceremony, Kathryn Waldvogel, along with other soldiers, were told to stand in line and were not able to greet family members until dismissed.
But little Cooper just couldn’t wait anymore. He got his hug from his mom, protocol or no protocol.
A KARE-TV photographer captured the heartwarming video, which has now gone viral.
“Can we play all day?” he asked his mom.
“Sure. What do you want to play next?” she replied.