Marine veteran Kyle Carpenter will become the newest recipient of the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House June 19 for covering a grenade to save a friend during his 2012 deployment to Marjah, Afghanistan.
In anticipation of that event, the Marine Corps has released a beautiful new video showing Carpenter and his mom, Robin Carpenter, poring over old letters from boot camp and Carpenter’s deployment to Afghanistan prior to his act of heroism and the life-changing injuries that resulted.
At seven minutes, the video’s a little long, but completely worth the watch. Be sure to stay tuned until 05:15, when Carpenter takes a call on his cell phone from President Barack Obama, who congratulates him on being approved to receive the military’s highest honor.
In one of the most touching moments of the video, Robin Carpenter reads from a card she sent her son while he was away.
“[As a child] you always had a cape on–Batman, Spiderman, Superman,” she reads. “That’s what you are now: Superman.”
We dare you not to cry.