And even when you’re not in Texas, say you’re stationed half a world away over in Italy, that Texas pride is just as present as ever.
U.S. paratrooper Tony Traconi was stationed overseas in Italy for the birth of his son. And unfortunately for him, Italy isn’t Texas, and that would keep him from fulfilling his wish of having his first-born son born on Texas soil.
So what did he do? He spent over $200 to have Texas dirt air-mailed to him so he could put it under his wife’s hospital bed.
“I spent over $200 on shipping costs for dirt from Texas. The plan is to hide it under the hospital bed so when my wife gives birth my son will be born over Texas land. To be able to say my son was born over Texas is priceless to me.”
Born in an Italian hospital, over Texas land, on national Airborne day. Charles Joseph Traconis, I love you. pic.twitter.com/4RIs7pVhBG