A photo of a 6-year-old boy saluting military members at San Antonio International Airport has gone viral.
Fox San Antonio posted the photo of first-grader, Jace Vega from Texas, on its Facebook page this past week. The image melted the hearts of many and quickly racked up almost 3,000 likes and been shared over 2,000 times.
When asked why he had given the salute, Jace simply responded, “Because they fight for our country.”
Jace and his family were at the airport to meet his father, Joe Vega, as he returned from a trip to Colorado Springs. It was then that the young boy saw the military personnel and stopped, of his own accord, to salute them.
“Why don’t you tell them [the station] what you told me that maybe you want to be a soldier someday, right?” Joe Vega asked his son, who responded, “Yep.”
Joe also revealed to the station that he’s proud of his little boy, adding that the salute has opened up potential doors for him in the future.
“A couple of companies have reached out to us and some other people just reached out to my wife. They want to use his picture in the airport somewhere in Florida. A couple of locally owned veteran companies who do shirts, that’s locally owned and operated, they’re going to do a couple of shirts with him.” He said.
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