Army Spc. Christopher Michael Harris of Jackson Springs, North Carolina, was about to become a dad for the first time. The 25-year-old found out while he was deployed in Afghanistan. Britt Harris, his wife, was so excited to share the good news with her husband and they were both elated at the idea of starting a family. The excitement, unknown to either of them, would turn to grief in just a week’s time.
Their new start came to an abrupt halt.
On August 2, 2017, Chris Harris gave his life for his country. He was one of two soldiers killed in a suicide bombing attack. Britt had gone from newlywed to widow, and their child would never get to meet his father. Chris’s fellow soldiers in Afghanistan felt the pain as well. So, when Britt asked if they would be a part of revealing the gender of the baby of their fallen friend, they agreed enthusiastically.
“I asked if they’d like to be the first to know the gender and they were really excited,” she told ABC News. “I told them I would ship confetti poppers or something and they could be the first to know and feel included.”
Spc. Harris was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based in North Carolina, reported WRAL. His fellow soldiers were honored to be included in on the big reveal, and Britt wanted her husband’s comrades to take part in their special announcement and be the first to find out the baby’s gender.
With an American flag in the background, the men opened poppers filled with pink confetti. “His fellow soldiers have been phenomenal and done everything they can to watch over me even from a distance,” Britt shared with ABC11.
She shared the good news on Facebook!
Along with the video, Britt added:
“WELCOME THE NEWEST FAMILY MEMBER OF THE 82nd!!!!! Christian Michelle Harris. Chris left me my little miracle princess.”
The mom-to-be recalled her husband’s reaction when she had first shared the news that they were pregnant just a week earlier. “When I told him, it was the happiest I’d ever seen him,” she told ABC News. “He was so excited.”
She will always have a family.
Although we know there will be some tough days ahead, the group of soldiers that fought side by side with Chris will be a pillar of strength to the new family as time goes on. The video was just a beginning—and a very exciting and honorable beginning at that.
“I probably watched it 100 times myself,” said Britt. “I was crying but smiling because their reaction was so wonderful.”