PORTLAND -- Storms on the other side of the country started having a ripple effect at Portland International Airport on Sunday. By noon, several dozen flights were delayed and a handful were canceled. All this on one of the biggest homecoming days of the year.
Hugs happened almost non-stop as passengers entered the main terminal where a large crowd of loved ones was waiting.
"I saw my Grandma from down the way, then people just started popping up out of nowhere," said Pvt. David Snyder who was back home for the first time since leaving for boot camp 5 months ago.
Standing right next to the large Snyder family was Sarah Read, a woman who hadn't seen her stepbrother in 31 years.
"His dad, my step dad passed away when we were 9 years old and we lost contact after that," said Read.
The two recently reconnected on Facebook and will be spending Christmas together. What a moment when they held each other for the first time in over 3 decades.
"You look wonderful, just like your tiny self, only giant size," said Read. "I'm lost for words. It's just so awesome to see her again," said Timber Morrow, Sarah's long-lost stepbrother.
Many homecomings had to be delayed a bit because of flight situations. Gen Brown hasn't seen her son Justin since he left to serve in Afghanistan 1 year and 3 months ago. His flight home was delayed.
"This is the longest 45 minutes of my life," said Brown.
However, from the length of the hug, it was obvious the wait was worth it. When Families and loved ones reunite, it somehow makes all the travel hassles and delays seem like they never happened at all.
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