A spontaneous, beautiful moment was captured on film on a flight from Germany to Atlanta this week. An Army private was escorting the ashes an American World War II veteran back home. When the pilot made the announcement that the soldier and the remains would be deplaning first, a group of students on the plane decided to give the veteran’s remains a proper send off.
The students, who are part of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Choir and just happened to be on the plane acted quickly and belted out a lovely rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. [Scroll Down For Video]
The video was recorded by Dianne Cupp and uploaded to social media along with the following message:
‘On our flight from Germany there was a Army private in uniform that so happen to be escorting the remains of a WWII Soldier back home to Houston,’ Cupp wrote.
‘The pilot announced he would be exiting the plane first, as he got up to leave there were a group of young people who had been on tour in Europe all of a sudden they broke out singing Glory Hallelujah.
‘Listen how beautiful!! Will bring a tear to your eye.’
She told ABC News, “It melted my heart… I was so proud of them for doing that. It was so heartfelt.”
“It was absolutely beautiful, to see the respect that these kids had, I just had to capture it,” Cupp added to Atlanta’s WSB-TV. “It was an awesome treat for me and something I will never forget.”
‘That was beautiful it made my day,’ one person wrote after watching the clip.
‘Wow! That’s amazingly beautiful!’ another said.
The video quickly amassed hundreds of thousands of views with no indication of slowing down.
Other commenters also weighed in:
“God Bless America and all those who served. I’m from a military family and understand the sacrifices. I wish there were no wars, but am grateful for those willing to protect our freedoms.”
“There are some young people out there that respect and remember history. Wonderful tribute to a fallen soldier. Good job to all the students.”
“I’m a grown man, and this made me cry.”
“Wonderful seeing the youth in the United States showing respect to the cost of Freedom! Note that they were from Iowa and not some large urban area.”
“God is still in control,and His beauty and love is indescribable. Thank you for sharing, it was very touching,and beautiful.”
Cupp has also been contacted by members of the choir and their parents, thanking her for posting the impromptu moment for all to appreciate. Cupp says she hopes to one day meet members of the choir and see them perform.
Here is the video that Cupp uploaded to Facebook: