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‘My faith in this country was renewed : Fallen soldier’s final goodbye goes viral

The best of America’s humanity was on display in Chicago last week.

The following footage of a soldier’s final goodbye, captured by an airline traveler, may bring tears to your eyes.

What happened?

Facebook user Kris Parker shared his experience witnessing the transport of a 23-year-old fallen Navy sailor from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to his final resting place in St. Louis.

Detailing the soldier’s final Water Salute, Parker commended the passengers on his flight that patiently waited out of respect for the soldier.

My faith in this country was renewed today,” he wrote.

“We were in awe, in the saddest of ways,” he wrote, “but we were also struck with a true respect of the rights and freedoms we have and the cost those rights carry.”

He concluded, “We as a nation spend so much time arguing over rights, letting hatred fuel the fire, we lose site of those sacrificing precious life for us to even have rights to argue over in the first place.”

A change in perspective

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
—McCrae, John. “Flanders Fields.” London: Punch, 1915. (Print.)

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