NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Travelers in Nashville International Airport came to a complete stop Saturday to sing to a plane full of children who lost their parents in combat.

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U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Michael Means

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border will stay there through the holidays. Originally slated to return home on December 15, troops will now remain at their assignment through at least January 31, 2019.

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U.S. Army/Elizabeth Fraser

It’s official: The holidays are here. This week, families will gather to share in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas, along with the hustle and bustle of decorations, gifts, and holiday parties.

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Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Martinez

It's the quiet moments on deployment when the sadness, and the loneliness you feel, comes rushing in, filling the silence. Holidays give you too much time to think about how much people you love are in each others' company, and you are not.

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