Senate witnesses surprise reunion of returning soldier with family
SALT LAKE CITY — The often dry and tedious business of the Utah Senate had some relief Friday morning when lawmakers witnessed the surprise reunion between a returning combat solider and his family.
Sen. John Valentine, R-Provo, arranged the reunion of Utah National Guard Capt. Phil Lowry with his wife and seven of their children — much to the their surprise — in an event marked by tears and giant bear hugs.
Lowry is a former law partner of Valentine in Utah County and was deployed to Afghanistan in a combat role for the past nine months. The Utah Senate stood in honor of his wife, Christina, making the sacrifice at home.
When Valentine coyly asked his colleagues on the Senate floor to imagine the hardship the Lowrys had to endure, the room fell silent and the captain walked onto the floor. Lowry was immediately mobbed with hugs by his children.
Christina Lowry was so overcome with emotion she nearly forgot to take her citation with her.
- Was pregnancy rumor a factor in killing of...
- Two men charged with vandalizing LDS church...
- Father says daughter was stabbed 46 times
- Missing oilfield worker's body found near Vernal
- Conrad Truman found guilty of murdering wife...
- Jenna Kim Jones: The new, cool face of Mormonism
- Group meeting in Salt Lake to plan 2015 World...
- Teen accused of killing 15-year-old makes...
- Utahns not as strongly opposed to... 87
- Love not attending Salt Lake City... 60
- Federal government extends same-sex... 40
- Group meeting in Salt Lake to plan 2015... 29
- Utahns support bill making clear clergy... 24
- Jenna Kim Jones: The new, cool face of... 20
- Support for statewide nondiscrimination... 17
- Owens participates in Rotary Club... 16