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Best Friend Serving in Afghanistan So Groom Asks Soldier’s Toddler To Fill In as Best Man


A toddler adorably filled in as the best man in a wedding while his father was in Afghanistan and could not be present.

Jonathon Albers and Jennifer Weber planned to marry in a Wisconsin church on April 27, 2019, among family and friends.

Like many engaged couples, the pair considered who would be best suited to participate in the wedding party, assuming the roles usually reserved for one’s closest family and friends.

Albers had asked his best friend, Sgt. Jacob Montie, to be the best man at his wedding, WAOW-TV reported.

Montie and Albers had been best friends since grade school, according to Albers’ wedding website on The Knot.

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But Montie, who serves with the Wisconsin National Guard, is on deployment in Afghanistan with Wisconsin’s 127th Infantry.

Montie was not going to be able to attend the wedding, leaving Albers in the position of figuring out how to proceed.

He could have selected a different person to fill in as best man, but nobody was going to be able to fill the void of Montie’s absence.

Albers decided that if he could not have his best friend standing by his side, Montie’s 22-month-old son, Oliver, was the only other person who could honor the role intended for his father.

Oliver, from the looks of it, wholeheartedly agreed to participate.

At Life Church in De Pere, Wisconsin, a handsome Oliver walked down the aisle, all smiles as he was escorted by his mom, Liz, and the maid of honor.

While Oliver must have looked a bit short compared to the rest of the groomsmen, his presence surely warmed hearts as wedding guests were reminded of Montie’s sacrifice, half a world away.

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Oliver appeared to have a terrific time at the wedding reception, toasting with his sippy cup of milk and laughing in Albers’ arms.

The toddler danced with wedding guests and helped make a milestone occasion all the more memorable.

Congratulations to the newlyweds who thoughtfully honored their military friend’s sacrifice on their big day.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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