In Fort Benning, Georgia, two young boys – ages 9 and 13 – wanted to help raise funds for their church, so their church could help those in need. So during a bake sale, the boys entered a local Taco Bell, asking if customers there would like to buy their treats. But there was something about those boys that caught the attention of Army Lt. Col. Robert Risdon.
They appeared to be extremely cold and they were both very wet from the rains in the area. So he asked them if they had had dinner yet. When they answered no, he had them follow him to the counter and bought them some food.
Someone else at the restaurant caught the moment on video and posted it online, saying “I had to video it and share. Our troops are always taking care of us.”
After getting their dinner, the 9-year-old boy looked up to the lieutenant colonel and said and did something that just warmed everyone’s heart.
He said: “I want to be just like you when I grow up.”
And then, he saluted the soldier. I am sure Lt. Col. Risden was not expecting that. And I’m also sure it’s something he won’t forget.