This was a man who gave this country everything. The father of four died earlier this month in a vehicle accident while serving in Niger, Africa. When his widow met the coffin on the tarmac, she didn’t hold back her grief. It brought many on the plane to tears.
A heartbreaking video shows the moment a widow met her Army veteran husband’s coffin on the airport tarmac, leaving a plane full of passengers in tears.
Green Beret Shawn Thomas, 35, an Oklahoma native and father of four who was based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died earlier this month after a vehicle accident while serving in Niger, Africa.
His flag-draped coffin was brought back to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the fallen warrant officer’s remains will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He had two Bronze Stars and four Good Conduct Medals, as well as other decorations for the time he served abroad, according to the Army Times.
A passenger on the aircraft recorded the moment Thomas’ wife, Tara, came up to her husband’s coffin on the tarmac – and later said the widow had told her to share the video so viewers would understand the sacrifices made by military families.
The footage shows soldiers respectfully taking Thomas’ coffin off of the airplane while the person recording sheds tears.
Tara, all dressed in black, can be seen through the rain-splattered window walking up to her husband’s remains and placing her hands on the American flag, lowering her forehead to the coffin.
More family members then gather around her, their sorrow apparent.