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Posted: January 02, 2016

Marine's surprise proposal honors girlfriend's late father

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Memphis, Tenn. —

A New Year's Eve proposal was particularly memorable for an unknowing woman whose father was honored in a special way.

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Cpl. Matthew Auriel would've wanted to ask for his girlfriend's father's blessing before asking for her hand in marriage. But he was unable to do so because Charity Kirk's father, Lt. Trent Kirk, was killed in a fire in 2003.

Even still, Lt. Kirk was there in spirit when Auriel proposed.

"I knew it was going be special to her. I knew how much of a role model he was to her, and I just wanted to involve him," Auriel said.

He surprised Charity at a fire museum she was visiting with her nephew. Her father's name is engraved on a wall at the museum honoring heroes who fell in fire-related incidents.

Auriel was waiting in front of Kirk's plaque with a bouqet of flowers.

"I was a little nervous," Auriel said. "Once I came around the corner everything just went out. I was just focused on her."

"What're you doing here?" Charity asked Auriel when she saw him. She later said she was completely surprised by the proposal and didn't expect it at all.

Auriel wanted to propose before returning to his military base since he doesn't know when he might leave again with potential deployment.

Charity said yes. Now, the couple feels as if Lt. Kirk will always be watching over them.

"I wanted to make it special for her and involve him in some kind of way and the best way I could think of was to do it here," Auriel said.

The special moment was caught on camera. Watch the proposal below.

Surprise Proposal

This...this one will go down as the most memorable moment I captured in 2015.  There were a lot BUT this one was unbelievable.  Find out the REAL story behind the proposal and why it means to much to the Our Fallen Heroes Foundation tonight on WMC Action News 5 at 5:00 pm.

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