Heartwarming moments like these make up for the horrible things people do with social media.
Can any good come out of a tragedy?
Yes. And this story is proof.
A planeload of passengers thought they were taking a routine flight.
That changed very quickly.
It changed when the pilot’s announcement came and out rolled that very distinctive flag-draped shape.
Mike Helms — a passenger — was on hand to relate the story.
My plane landed in Oklahoma City last night. When we stopped at the terminal, the pilot announced that he would like to inform us that we were flying one of our fallen soldiers home to her family. He asked that we remain on the plane until our soldier was removed from the plane first. He also asked that we give a moment of silence.
As we sat there waiting, I decided to look out the window and this is what I saw. A mother and father hysterically crying on their fallen soldiers casket. Standing off to the side were soldiers from her unit saluting their fallen soldier.
This moment hit me hard for some reason. I couldn’t hold back tears. As I looked around the plane, I was hoping nobody would see my moment of weakness but to my surprise, damn near everyone on the plane was crying.
At a time when the nation is so divided, Mike witnessed a brief, glowing moment of unity.
The woman standing next to me was Muslim, I assume because of the hijab she wore. She was in tears and she tried consoling the woman next to her. The plane was filled with people of all races and religions. It was amazing to see everyone on that plane pay tribute to this woman and her family.
The media is what divides us. I saw no division on that plane last night. I saw Americans paying respect to their countryman. A woman who put her life on the line for me, and you, and your freedoms.
She died like many before her to give you the right to spit in her face while taking a knee during our national anthem or burning our flag in the street.
This story has already gotten a reaction. And even reached the family of that fallen soldier.
I just wanted to share with you guys. My post about the fallen soldier apparently touched many people. My phone has been…
Since he shared that post, we have learned the name of that fallen soldier. Her name is Brooke Newton.
There is a Facebook Page where she is being remembered for her life and service.
She was only twenty-five years old.
Thank-you Mike, for letting all of America share in this touching moment that all too often goes unnoticed… and for reminding us that for all of our political skirmishing that Americans really are not so far apart.