Military dad recreates heartwarming father-son photo 30 years later

(Photo courtesy Dallas English via ABC News)
(Photo courtesy Dallas English via ABC News)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Dallas English was speechless when he showed his father the photo he recreated with his baby, 30 years after they had taken the original.

(Photo courtesy Dallas English via ABC News)
(Photo courtesy Dallas English via ABC News)

“He’s not a man of many words,” English, 29, told ABC News, “but he did really like the picture.”

Ever since, English, a staff sergeant in the Air Force, came across the old photo of him and his dad from 1985, he knew he wanted to recreate it with his own child one day.

“It was probably like eight years or so ago that I came back across it at my dad’s in an old family album,” he recalled. “I came home late and was going through a bunch of the pictures and I made a copy of this one because it’s one of my favorites. As soon as I saw I thought to myself, ‘It would be really neat to recreate it when I have a son or a daughter.’”

Now that his son Ace is 10-months-old, English finally got around to capturing the perfect shot on June 15. After he uploaded the almost identical photos to Reddit, the pictures have been viewed nearly 2.2 million times.

It’s a tradition English says he would love for his son to continue into a third generation if he chooses to join the military.

“It’s just a heritage-type thing,” he said. “I think it’ll be neat for him to look back on it to see his grandfather and dad as a baby, and then his dad and him as a baby. It’d be really awesome if he could do the same photo too in like 25 or 30 years.”

English has spent four years in Guam, two in Turkey and did another deployment to Afghanistan. He says he’ll do his best to keep the tradition alive.

“Remind me! July 15th, 2040,” he joked. “Make him take this pic with your grandson!”

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