Navy commander’s Mother’s Day gesture goes viral, brings a nation to tears

A Mothers Day ad for Teleflora has gone viral because it features a real-life mother, her real-life son and tells a real-life heartwarming story of the bond between the two.

The ad begins with a Teleflorist driver handing Cindy, the mother, a tablet containing her son’s Mother’s Day video message. Her son is Navy pilot Cdr. Ryan Breed, and he tells Cindy how much he appreciates all the sacrifices she’d made through the years raising him as a single mother.

Breed, who’s stationed at Norfolk Naval Station, applied for the opportunity to make the ad as a way to show his mom how much he loves her, according to And he succeeded in every imaginable way.

The video has been viewed over 10 million times.

Those sacrifices include her choice to raise him over taking a shot at professional field hockey.

“You knew you couldn’t do both, and you gave it up to raise me,” Breed says in the video. Tears begin forming in his mother’s eyes as she watches.

“And you instilled in me that sacrifice and that dedication and you gave me everything that you had. I realize how hard it was, and I thank you.” reported:

Breed, 37, tells of his demanding schedule in recent years with the Navy, and expresses remorse that they hadn’t seen each other in almost two years. He tells of his new job – he’ll soon become executive officer of a C-40 Clipper squadron at Oceana Naval Air Station – and his fear that it will be even harder to see each other in the future.

“Above all else,” he says, “I hope when you look at me, you see the good man that you wanted your little boy to be. I’m proud to call you my mother.”

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