In what has to be one of the saddest yet sweetest gestures I've ever seen, hundreds of police officers showed up to a 5-year-old girl's kindergarten graduation to support her after losing her dad in the line of duty just three days earlier.
Originally, a few officers were planning on attending Tatum Raetz's graduation ceremony, but then word spread through the Phoenix police department. Lo and behold, Tatum and her mother were greeted by hundreds of men in uniform who helped honor her daddy's memory.
Take a look at this video to hear more about this beautiful and emotional tribute to Tatum's dad, Daryl Raetz.
OMG. That poor little girl! It had to have been awful to not have her father present at her graduation -- but to have to go through such a huge milestone just days after his death? That's more than any child should ever have to bear.
And how about her grieving mother? Can you honestly imagine going through the myriad of emotions between losing your husband and celebrating your child moving on to the next phase of her life? Getting up, getting dressed, and going to that graduation can't have been easy for this woman, so we can only imagine just how incredibly moved she was upon seeing all of those officers waiting for her and her daughter.
Besides giving support to Tatum and her mom, the attendance of the officers also had to make them feel like Daryl was still with them that day in a way, like his spirit still took part in celebrating a huge moment in his daughter's life.
Even though the road ahead will be a tough one for them, at least Tatum and her mom can take some comfort in knowing that they are not alone -- because they have an entire police department ready and willing to take care of them from here on out.
What words of sympathy would you offer to this woman?