The soldier was sitting alone in the airport, looking at his phone and crying.
As Tracy Dover wrote on Facebook, a flight delay had stranded her and her fellow passengers. That’s when she noticed the soldier who was travelling with them. He was sitting by himself, attending the birth of his child the only way he could … by phone.
He had to watch the birth of his daughter on FaceTime. He was crying and our hearts were breaking. We all gave him space. When we heard the baby cry, we all rejoiced for him.
Dover posted the photo of the soldier as a reminder of the sacrifices that the men and women who serve in the United States military have to make. She wrote:
I wanted to share this because I never want us to forget about our soldiers who serve us everyday and the sacrifices they make.
The photo was shared widely, and Dover told KTVU reporter Frank Somerville that the soldier and his family were happy that she posted it.
On his Facebook page, Somerville asked other military families to share the stories of their own sacrifices.
Several chimed in to talk about how military service can be difficult on families, and how missing the birth of a child isn’t unusual when you’re active duty.
Happily, the soldier in the photo did get to the hospital in time to hold his new daughter. The 2d battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment shared a photo of the proud dad, and wrote:
“Join us in welcoming Millie Fritz Anne Lindsey to the Dragon Battalion Family.”