1. Daniel’s surprise proposal.
2. Lucas Hembree and his service dog, Juno, share a moment.
When former law enforcement officer Chester Hembree was told that his son Lucas, who suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome, was a poor candidate for a service animal, Chester saved a Belgian Malinois pup from a Tennessee shelter and trained him to be a service dog by himself.
3. A survivor finds a photo album and cherished memories in the remains of his home after an earthquake in Sichuan, China.
4. Luka, a 12-year-old boy who is confined to a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy, is given physical freedom thanks to friend and photographer Matej Peljhan.
5. Meghan Vogel carries Arden McMath across the finish line of a 3,200-meter race after McMath had collapsed on the track.
6. Two men are married in Washington after the state legalizes gay marriage.
7. A dog mourns at the funeral service for his master, a fallen Navy SEAL.
Hawkeye, loyal pet to Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson, fell to the ground in front of his owner’s casket in front of friends and family of the deceased, and remained there throughout the ceremony.
8. A soldier meets his baby for the first time.
9. Arnulfo Castorena after winning his first gold medal in swimming for Mexico in the Paralympics.
10. An arthritic 19-year-old dog named Schoep is cradled by his owner, John, in the waters of Lake Superior, where the buoyancy eases the dog’s pain, allowing him to fall asleep comfortably in his owner’s arms.
Shortly after this photo started to spread online, people everywhere began donating money, allowing John to pay for the surgery and medication Shoep needed to live more comfortably. John used the remaining money to start a foundation to help other pets in pain.
11. A man teaches his girlfriend the alphabet after she lost her memory.
“Patience, love, and understanding at its finest.”
12. Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service.
Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq just a few weeks before he was due to return home.
13. Homeless and impoverished children living in New Delhi, India, receive a free education from two volunteer teachers.
14. A man does whatever he can to help save his wife’s life.
15. “Our first hello…”
16. “…And our last goodbye.”
17. Irish rugby player Brian O’Driscoll shares his Heineken Cup victory with his biggest fans at a children’s hospital.
18. Helen Fisher kisses the hearse carrying the body of her 20-year-old cousin, Private Douglas Halliday, as it arrives for a funeral ceremony in Wootton Bassett, England.
19. Specialist Dean Oldt, a marksman with the 101st Airborne, is reunited with his father.
20. A cancer patient draws her wish on a mirror.
21. Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor feeds a 2-week-old kitten named Miss Hap after her mother had been killed during a mortar attack in Korea.
22. Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs due to tetra-amelia syndrome, leads a richer and fuller life than most.
23. A German soldier solemnly celebrates his 34th birthday on the plains of Afghanistan.
24. “Here he kneels, the one who doesn’t need to, for those who do need to.”
German Chancellor Willy Brandt, who was a part of the resistance against Hitler, lays down a wreath at the memorial of the Jewish ghetto. He adjusts the wreath, steps back, and falls to his knees in front of the memorial. Brandt later wrote in his memoirs: “At the abyss of German history and the weight of millions of murder victims, I did what humans do when words fail them.”
25. A man looking back on the times he spent with his wife on this bench.
26. A woman whose husband passed away still has lunch with him every day.
27. A terminally ill mother watches her daughter’s wedding over Skype.
28. A father and son’s relationship over the years.
29. Taylor and Danielle Morris show that true love can overcome any obstacle.
30. Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans.
31. A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative weeps.
On Oct. 31, 2010, 436 South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives, whom they had been separated from since the 1950–53 war.