‘Everyone was crying’: Heartbreaking photo captures fallen veteran’s homecoming
OKLAHOMA CITY —There was not a dry eye on the plane. When a Delta flight landed Wednesday night in Oklahoma…
OKLAHOMA CITY —
There was not a dry eye on the plane.
When a Delta flight landed Wednesday night in Oklahoma City from Atlanta, passenger Mike Helms said the pilot announced that they were flying a fallen sailor, Brooke Newton, home to her family.
The pilot, Helms said, asked that the passengers remain on the plane until the sailor was removed first. He also asked passengers to give a moment of silence.
Helms said he looked outside the window and saw the sailor’s casket. Next to it, a mother and father were hysterically crying, and members of her unit were saluting her.
“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, near everyone on the plane was crying,” Helms posted on his Facebook page.
Helms said in the Facebook post that the plane was filled with people of all races and religions.
“I saw no division on that plane. I saw Americans paying respect to their countryman –a woman who put her life on the line for me, and you, and your freedoms,” Helms said in the Facebook post.
The post has since gone viral, being shared nearly 80,000 times.
Newton died on Aug. 30 in San Diego, California, according to an obituary in the Edmond Sun. She was born at Tinker Air Force Base, and graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School in 2010. She began her military service in high school by joining the Air National Guard. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma and then joined the Navy. She was stationed at Naval Base Coronado.
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