Just one week before Chris Harris's August 2 death at the age of 25 due to an improved explosive device (IED), Britt Harris told her husband she was expecting their first child. Overseas on first deployment to Afghanistan, Chris was overjoyed to learn that he was going to be a father.
On Aug. 2, Chris Harris was killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device (IED) while deployed with the U.S. Army.
The 25-year-old was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division of Fort Bragg, N.C.
"I asked if they'd like to be the first to know the gender and they were really excited", she said.
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That's when she got the idea to send confetti poppers to the troops in Afghanistan with the corresponding color of confetti to reveal baby's gender.
After her husband's death, Britt anxious about Christopher's comrades, whom he considered family and referred to as his "brothers". "I didn't want them to be forgotten over there", she said. When pink confetti rained down on the soldiers they celebrated and dabbed. "We are happy to welcome the new member of our company".
Britt said that the special jubilee would have meant much to Chris, who considered his fellow soldiers to be his brothers. Harris, who lives in North Carolina, said she plans to name the little girl Christian Michelle Harris after her husband, Christopher Michael Harris. "Chris is an only child".
Britt told ABC News that her husband's comrades were extremely supportive following her husband's death, and she wanted to keep them close to her child.
"My conception date ended up being the day he deployed", she said. "He never hesitated when it came to helping and would do anything to help others".
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