MacKenzie Avery, 2, crawls through the legs of her dad, Sgt. Kyle Avery of Preston, Tuesday during a homecoming for the Connecticut Army National Guard’s 248th Engineer Company, at the ANG’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks.
When I first saw this picture, I thought that the man carrying the children was their father. Now I realize that he was not related to them by blood, but by nationality. He is an American. They are American children. He is not their father, he is their protector. He’s a United States Marine.”