When Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum was leaving for his one-year deployment to Iraq, saying goodbye to his pregnant wife and two kids was hard to do.
Photo courtesy of Abby Bennethum
But it was perhaps hardest on his 4-year-old daughter, Paige.
When Brett joined his fellow soldiers in formation, getting ready to leave, his daughter followed him, grabbed onto his right hand, and wouldn’t let go.
“I called to her a couple of times, but she wouldn’t budge,” Paige’s mom Abby told the Reading Eagle. “I don’t know if the officers didn’t see her because they were in the back row, or they simply didn’t say anything about her being there. She just wouldn’t let go of him.”
This image just brings us to tears. How powerful.