OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma- Indiana resident Mike Helms shared the following on Facebook of the happenings aboard a Delta airliner at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The account of sailor Brooke Newton, 25, being returned home has now gone viral.
“My plane landed in Oklahoma City last night. When we stopped at the terminal, the pilot announced that he would like to inform us that we were flying one of our fallen soldiers home to her family. He asked that we remain on the plane until our soldier was removed from the plane first. He also asked that we give a moment of silence.
As we sat there waiting, I decided to look out the window and this is what I saw. A mother and father hysterically crying on their fallen soldiers casket. Standing off to the side were soldiers from her unit saluting their fallen soldier.
This moment hit me hard for some reason. I couldn’t hold back tears. As I looked around the plane, I was hoping nobody would see my moment of weakness but to my surprise, damn near everyone on the plane was crying.
The woman standing next to me was Muslim, I assume because of the hijab she wore. She was in tears and she tried consoling the woman next to her. The plane was filled with people of all races and religions. It was amazing to see everyone on that plane pay tribute to this woman and her family.
The media is what divides us. I saw no division on that plane last night. I saw Americans paying respect to their countryman. A woman who put her life on the line for me, and you, and your freedoms.
She died like many before her to give you the right to spit in her face while taking a knee during our national anthem or burning our flag in the street.”
Newton died on Aug. 30 in San Diego, California, according to an obituary in the Edmond Sun. Brooke Raelynn Newton, 25, passed away August 30, 2017 in San Diego, Calif. She was born April 17, 1992 at Tinker Air Force Base to Billy Newton and Misty Garrett. She graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School in 2010. She began her military service in high school by joining the Air National Guard. Brooke attended the University of Central Oklahoma and then joined the Navy. She was stationed at Coronado Naval Base and traveled to many different ports of call. She was proud to serve her country and treasured the friendships she had with her fellow shipmates, the remembrance said.