The video below shows the heartwarming moment a veteran with ALS stands from wheelchair to honor his son at military graduation.
Watch the touching moment in the video below.
Video Credit: Frankie Sanchez
The touching moment was caught on camera by the proud mother who described it as the “most beautiful and memorable event,” one that she will cherish forever.
Christy and Frankie Sanchez Sr. traveled from El Paso to San Antonio for attending the graduation ceremony of their son Frankie Sanchez Jr. on May 25, 2017, who had passed out from Air Force Basic Training.
However, just a night before the event, the breathing machine of Frankie Sr., who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), broke down out of nowhere. It was the most terrible thing that could have happened to the retired Army Veteran because he was not able to leave the hospital without the machine.
The devastated parents cried throughout the night thinking that they might not be able to attend the ceremony.
Fortunately, a respiratory therapist arranged for a new breathing machine for Frankie Sr. just in time. After receiving the new machine at 9:15 a.m., the parents rushed to the military base for attending the graduation ceremony scheduled at 10 a.m.
During the ceremony, there was a tradition called “Tapping Out” in which the airmen can’t be released till someone taps them out.
Although the father’s illness kept him from walking yet nothing stopped him from honoring his son by taking part in this tradition. He got out of his wheelchair to walk toward his military son.
The struggling father reached over to his son and tightly embraced him with his weakened arms. Everyone in the family was moved to tears.
“It was the most beautiful and memorable event I’ve ever witnessed in my life and I will never forget it as long as I live,” Christy said.
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