Deployed Soldier Gives Wedding Toast from Afghanistan

Army celebrates birthday in Afghanistan / AP

Army celebrates birthday in Afghanistan / AP


A deployed soldier surprised his newly married friends with a best man speech from Afghanistan. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Balzarini delivered his speech via Skype to police patrolman Michael Anderson and Jessica Cooper, reports

It was about 4:30 a.m. in Balzarini’s part of the world. It was a stormy Saturday evening at the Ocean View Inn and Resort on Gloucester’s Back Shore where the wedding took place last week.

The couple and the crowd watched the message on an iPhone belonging to Balzarini’s sister, Cassie Balzarini, who was working at the inn for the wedding.

Balzarini and Anderson, the grandson of former Rockport Police Chief Louis Anderson, have been friends since their days as students at Rockport High School where they played baseball together. Balzarini graduated in 2002 and Anderson a year later in 2003.

The couple — and everyone else in the room — was greatly moved to see and hear the army staff sergeant share his well wishes to the couple while deployed overseas.

“That was an awesome surprise,” said Anderson.