Less than a year after getting married, one North Carolina woman had to say goodbye to her new husband when he was deployed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Shortly after Chris Harris was deployed, his wife, Britt, discovered she was pregnant with their first child. To break the news, Britt decorated a onesie and showed it and the pregnancy tests she took to Harris during a call on FaceTime. “When I told him, it was the happiest I’d ever seen him,” Britt said. “He was so excited.”
However, just a week later, Harris was killed in the line of duty by an IED. Despite everything Britt is going through, she couldn’t help but worry about how his army family was coping. “I’m dealing with a lot and grieving but I got to take off work and go to counseling, but they didn’t get to,” Britt said. “I didn’t want them to be forgotten over there.”
“Chris is an only child. They were his family. Everyone that I’ve met, before Chris passed and after, if they’re in the military, they’ve treated me like actual family or royalty, actually,” said Britt. “I asked if they’d like to be the first to know the gender and they were really excited. I told them I would ship confetti poppers or something and they could be the first to know and feel included.”
The soldiers filmed themselves opening the poppers, which exploded with pink confetti, and shared the footage online with Britt. “August 2 2017 Chris Harris laid down his life for our country. His newlywed wife was expecting their first child,” one of the soldiers, Joel Crunk, wrote. “The reveal is in Afghanistan with the men who fought by his side. We are happy to welcome the new member of our company.”
“I probably watched it 100 times myself,” Britt said. “I was crying but smiling because their reaction was so wonderful.”
Watch the entire video below to see the awesome moment these soldiers revealed the gender of fallen soldier’s baby.
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[Featured image: Britt Harris]