Chief Warrant Officer Scott Hinson was flying home from Afghanistan a week after his wedding anniversary and wanted to do more than just give his wife flowers for their 20th anniversary. So he took things a step farther.
Hinson convinced 19 of his fellow passengers to help him out. Each agreed to give his wife a rose as they got off the plane.
Scott had been thinking about it for some time and enlisted the aid of his daughters to help make it something special. They arranged to stand next to their mom with a sign saying “Welcome Home Chief Hinson” to help alert the other passengers as to the identity of the army officer’s wife.
Did it work? Kristi Hinson was completely taken by surprise by the act. She noticed two passengers coming down, each carrying a single rose and wondered what it meant. Dismissing it, she looked around and then looked back at the escalator for her husband.
Before she realized it, the people were standing behind, her wishing her a happy anniversary and handing her roses.
Not only did Hinson orchestrate the Rose Parade, he arranged to have it videotaped as well. The video which can be found on YouTube, shows Hinson’s wife’s stunned look as each person walks up to her and hands her a rose.
At one point, Kristi is shown wiping away a tear as the dawning realization of what is happening hits her.
Scott delivered the 20th rose himself.
Through the help provided by the USO office in Atlanta, Hinson was able to pull off this tribute to his wife. They arranged to get the roses to him during a connecting flight.
On board the plane, however, things nearly went wrong when the stewardess handed out a few of the roses to people who weren’t in on the activity. When they disembarked, they started to wander off, get coffee and milled around. Others took charge and helped make sure all the roses got delivered to Kristi.