An entire flight was in tears Thursday night when a fallen soldier was flown home to her family. Mike Helms, the passenger who recorded the somber moment when the casket carrying a 25-year-old sailor’s remains was removed from the plane, said everyone on board was crying. Helms has since posted the video to social media where it has garnered over 200,000 shares.
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Helms was a passenger on a flight that landed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma earlier this week.
Helms recalled the pilot of the plane informing the passengers that the fallen soldier, Brooke Newton, was being removed from the flight, and asked if they could have a moment of silence.
According to Helms’ Facebook post, Newton’s mother and father were present as their daughter was being removed from the plane. That’s when he, and the rest of the passengers, began to cry.
“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, d*#& near everyone on the plane was crying,” he wrote.
Helms took solace in the fact that it didn’t matter about race or religion; all passengers paid their respects.
“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.”
According to the Daily Mail, a relative of the recently fallen soldier saw the post and thanked Helms for capturing the moment of Americans standing in solidarity as they remembered Newton.
“Thank you from the bottom of my families heart!!!! You are an amazing soul truly!!!!,” wrote Jennifer Nadeau, who is Newton’s aunt.
According to the obituary, Newton reportedly died on August 30 in San Diego, California. From a young age, Newton knew she wanted to be in the military, so when she graduated from high school in 2010, she joined the Air National Guard, and then later, the Navy.
The cause of death for the 25-year-old is unknown. What is known is that this young person died serving her country.
h/t Daily Mail