COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's so common these days: when we see a man or woman in military uniform we say "thank you for your service" - and we mean it.
But it's a little more unusual for a 9-year old boy to thank a soldier - for buying him and his 12-year-old friend in need of a hot meal.
That's what Fort Benning Deputy Brigade Commander Lt. Col. Robert Risdon did the other night, when he stopped at a Taco Bell between Montgomery and Columbus.
He saw the two boys trying to sell homemade desserts to get money for food.
Lt. Col. Risdon took the boys to the counter and let them each order dinner, which he paid for, while his friend Columbus Lions Coach Jason Gibson got it all on video.
When Gibson posted the video on his Facebook page, Lt. Col. Risdon's selfless act went viral faster than a shot hits the target at the Fort Benning artillery range.
The best part of the story is that the polite little boys thanked Lt. Col. Risdon.
And the 9-year-old gave Risdon the highest compliment: he said when he grows up, he wants to be just like the soldier that fed him:
"I thought it was amazing. A 9-year-old boy is coming up to me and saying you protect us. You take care of us... They have inspired me as much as I have made them feel good by filling their bellies a little bit," Risdon said.
We know soldiers are brave and smart; patriotic and strong.
But this good deed also reminds us – thanks to Lt. Col. Risdon and the many other soldiers who share his outstanding character – that our service members are also generous, thoughtful, gentle and kind.