Gay Military Couple's Marriage Proposal Photo Goes Viral
Here come the tears (again)!
Friends and family gathered to watch the surprise marriage proposal from Navy Lieutenant Kyle Bandermann to his boyfriend Lance Buchanan in Washington D.C.
This photo went viral after it was posted by the American Military Partners Association on Facebook:
Kyle made a point of expressing why he chose to wear his Naval uniform for the proposal, explaining:
First, anyone who knows my work knows that I love my fellow service members, the camaraderie of the military community, and specifically the culture, pride, and professionalism of the U.S. Navy. It has become a part of my identity and I am grateful to call the Navy home. I am myself, both in uniform and civilian clothes. However, I realize that being a Naval Officer calls me to something much bigger than myself, and provides me a sense of pride and awareness of my actions while wearing my Nation’s colors.
Secondly, when we as service members ask our partner to become our spouse, we’re also asking them to commit to being a part of the military family. Lance has sacrificed a great deal for me and the Navy. He moved from his comfort zone and family in rural Western North Carolina to the metropolitan D.C. area. He will sacrifice even more for his country in November as we move halfway around the world to the Island of Guam for three years. It is only right that I officially ask him to join the Navy family as we begin to form our own. Our military spouses are as much an integral part of the military structure as we service members are.
Sigh. Lt. Bandermann is definitely worthy of a salute!
Check out more photos from their special day:
Congratulations to the happy couple as they marry and take the next step on their journey when they're stationed in Guam!