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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There’s so much heartbreaking news in the world that we try to look for stories that warm your heart and make you smile. That’s the story behind “The Story” we bring on Sunday nights. We’re looking back at your top five favorites of 2021. And we’re adding links for you to watch them again.

We begin with number five, a story about a heartfelt thank you finding its way home.

Number four, local photographers take their best shot at a statewide contest.

Number three, in the arena with Miss Rodeo USA.

Number two, a 96-year-old veteran remembers D-Day.

And your number one favorite story from “The Story” in 2021, a cancer survivor focuses on nursing school.