Soldiers Pop Confetti In The Air To Reveal Gender Of Their Fallen Comrade's Baby
A military man, Chris Harris, and his wife, Britt, were thrilled to be expecting their first child together. The couple were married only less than a year before Chris was deployed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, a week after he received news that his wife was expecting a baby, Chris Harris lost his life as a result of an improved explosive device (IED).
Chris, one of the two 82nd Airborne Division members from Fort Bragg, was killed in an attack on a NATO convoy near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on August 2.
The following few months were understandably difficult on the mother-to-be; however, she received a lot of support from her late husband’s fellow soldiers in the army. It was very clear that the 25-year-old was loved and respected by his comrades.
Col Tobin Magsig, a brigade commander, described Chris as an "extraordinary young man and a phenomenal paratrooper."
Britt told ABC that her husband was very happy when he learned he was going to be a dad.
When I told him, it was the happiest I’d ever seen him. He was so excited.
She added that Chris considered his fellow soldiers family and as a result of that, they treated her like an extended family. So, this was why when it came time to reveal the gender of her baby, Britt decided to include them and have them celebrate with her.
I told them I would ship confetti poppers or something, and they could be the first to know and feel included.
The soldiers recorded themselves opening the poppers, and their gleeful cheer after pink confetti filled the air was absolutely incredible.
Britt posted the video of the moment online and used the opportunity to reveal what she planned to name her baby girl.
"Welcome the newest family member of the 82nd!" she said. "Christain Michelle Harris. Chris left me my little miracle princess."
The video was also posted on YouTube by another soldier, Joel Crunk. "Chris Harris laid down his life for our country," he said in the description.
Even though losing her husband just after he found out he was going to be a father was very heartbreaking, having such wonderful support from his crew was very touching. We bet someday, little Christain Michelle will be very proud of her father’s sacrifice and will always have the soldiers in the 82nd division as her family.