Army vet’s widow says tear-jerking goodbye to her husband’s flag-draped casket on tarmac; video touches millions

The tear-jerking moment the widow of a Green Beret met his flag-draped coffin has been shared by millions on social media.

The 35-year-old father of four, Shawn Thomas, was killed in a vehicle accident in Niger, Africa on February 2.

Shawn Tara Thomas

His wife Tara met his coffin on the tarmac of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in advance of Thomas’ burial in Arlington National Cemetery, News 9 reported.

Photo Credit Woodward News.
Photo Credit Woodward News.

“It was an honor to fly home with this PATRIOT! God bless his wife and family. There was not a dry eye around me,” Lisa West Williams, who shared the video, wrote on Facebook.

Williams said the widow asked her to share the video to let others know the sacrifices made by military families make.

Photo Credit Facebook.
Photo Credit Facebook.

“She wanted people to realize that this goes on every day,” Williams told WNCT.

“There are many men and women that come home in a casket and they’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for us,” she said.

The video has been watched more than 7 million times on Facebook.

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