ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 21: Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place American flags at the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day May 21, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. 'Flags-In' has become an annual ceremony since the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) was designated to be an Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948 (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee
Photo: Win McNamee

Little boy thanks soldier for service, receives a thank you back

But this is a little different, during one of Daniel Smith's baseball games, he noticed a soldier in uniform watching, so Daniel asked his mom if he could go over and tell the man something, a thank you for his service.  Daniel said he wanted to say thank you because the military helps protect the earth and help let him play baseball, WVLT reported.

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Normally the interaction would be done when the two parted ways, but after the game Daniel went back to talk to David Smith.  It turned out the soldier had the same last name as Daniel and gave the little boy his uniform's name tag as a return thank you for talking to him.

It was the first time the little boy had met a soldier. And he's keeping the name tag on his dresser in his bedroom, WVLT reported.

The older Smith, a helicopter pilot, is a Tennessee National Guard member and has served three tours on active duty in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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