A military widow got some help from her late husband’s comrades in revealing the gender of the couple’s baby.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ryan Lohrey was killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi. The plane was heading from North Carolina to Arizona for a military training, WECT reports.
Ryan had tied the knot with his wife, Cassie, just one month before his death on July 10.
“Our wedding was June 3,” said Cassie. “Just to think your life had completely turned upside down in 24 hours, just nothing you would ever expect.”
Cassie found out she was pregnant just days after Ryan’s July 31 memorial service.
Though she was heartbroken over the loss of her husband, Cassie was excited to welcome a baby.
“I knew Ryan wouldn’t leave me alone,” Cassie told CNN. “He wanted me to have a piece of him forever.”
She asked his team members to visit on Veterans Day to help with a gender reveal.
“I wanted to honor her daddy on this special day,” Cassie said. “Veterans Day is a big deal for us every year, but this year it’s extra special.”
Photos and video shared by SaralynJ Photography on Facebook show at least 17 of Ryan’s comrades surrounding Cassie.
The Marine and Navy corpsmen released tubes of pink confetti, revealing the exciting news that Cassie was expecting a baby girl.
“There was a lot of crying, a lot of yelling and a lot of hugging,” said photographer Saralyn Johnson told CNN.
CNN reports the baby girl will be named Ryan Jo Lohrey. She will arrive in March 2018.