One of the saddest videos ever to be captured was taken by a passenger on an aircraft that was delivering the coffin of a slain Army veteran to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
The soldiers’ widow met her Army veteran husband’s coffin on the airport tarmac and, as she collapsed on top of it, left many of the plane’s passengers who were watching in tears.
The video footage, shot by a woman through her plane window, showed the flag-draped coffin being carried off by fellow soldiers and then approached by the soldier’s wife, Tara. The widow, dressed in black, proceeded to place her hands on the American flag and then lean on top of the coffin.
The passenger filming the scene can be heard crying as she witnessed the tragic event.
Green Beret Shawn Thomas, 35, an Oklahoma native and father of four, died earlier this month in a vehicle accident while serving in Niger, Africa.
According to The Army Times, “Thomas was awarded two Bronze Stars and four Good Conduct Medals, as well as other decorations for the time he served abroad.”
Lisa West Williams, who shared the video on Facebook, wrote, “It was an honor to fly home with this PATRIOT! God bless his wife and family. There was not a dry eye around me.”
The clip has now been viewed more than seven million times, with dozens of comments thanking Thomas for his service and presenting condolences to his family.
Watch the video below:
An obituary for Thomas states that “under his big beard, tattoos and giant muscles there was a small town Oklahoma boy that was grounded by his faith, strong values, and family.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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