The former staff sergeant and his wife welcomed their newborn on the very same day as the Marines’ 245th anniversary, Nov. 10, and one day before Veterans’ Day.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Orlando Ibanez, a 16-year veteran, and his wife, Jessie Ann Sanchez Ibanez, called the coincidence “amazing.”
The couple shared sweet footage from South Florida’s Mercy Hospital with the news media.
“[I]t’s an honor,” Jessie Ann told WSVN, “especially for my husband.”
The U.S. Marines, established on Nov. 10, 1775, takes anniversaries “very seriously” Jessie Ann said.
“They celebrate every year,” Jessie Ann said, “so the fact that our baby now shares that with his dad is very special.”
“Oh, it’s amazing, just like my wife said, that my son was gonna be born on the Marine Corps’ birthday,” said Orlando. “[W]e share that bond.”
Mercy Hospital also shared Orlando and Jessie Ann’s baby joy in a statement, quoting the couple, whose newborn son was their second baby born at Mercy. The couple praised Mercy’s staffers, calling their attention to detail “second to none.”
“Our daughter was an emergency delivery as she was born a whole month early,” the couple told Mercy Hospital.
“[T]he nurses and doctors took great care of us in a very scary situation.”
During his 16-year service, Orlando was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, the hospital said in the statement. He hopes that his baby boy may also serve his country when he grows up.
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