By Lillian Bowe
Natalie Schumpert saw that her best friend, Jeff Brown, a Air Force veteran from Oregon, needed to be cheered up.
Brown had been away from home for too long and had been waiting for his retirement for eight months.
Schumpert said she wanted to put a smile on her best friend’s face, while also showing support for all veterans.
“Our veterans deserve our support and I don’t think we give enough back to them after they have put their lives on the line for us,” Schumpert said.
A last minute idea popped into her head. She wanted to have a flash mob perform a dance for Brown and then surprise him with getting his father to Portales.
Schumpert and around 20 friends came together on Friday in front of the Roosevelt County War Memorial to put a smile on Brown’s face.
Lauren Jones and Jennifer Saiz, friends of Schumpert, brought their children to help with the flash mob dance and to show support.
“We are here to support (Schumpert) and to show our love of the military,” Jones said.
Armed with American flags and paper guitars, the children danced to uplifting and patriotic songs while a shocked Brown looked on. Schumpert’s son rocked the air guitar putting a smile on Brown’s face.
When the last song started to play and Brown’s father was revealed, Brown went to his father and gave him a huge hug.
“I am just in shock. Wow,” Brown said.
Brown said he was still trying to process the event, but he was smiling and glad to see his father.
After the dance, the group gathered around and had a prayer for all military personal, police officers, firefighters and their families.
Then the group moved over to the Roosevelt County Brewing Company where they celebrated.
Schumpert said she wants to continue this for any local vet that needs a little bit of cheering up.
“It is so extremely important to me to let our vets know that they are not forgotten,” Schumpert said.