Jadyn and his younger brother Gregory were in a Georgia Walmart with their mom Tuesday when they saw a soldier.
Right away Jadyn, 6, wanted to thank him "because he fights for our freedom" — and did just that.
But the wide-eyed brothers didn't expect what happened next.
The appreciative soldier took two patches off his uniform right there in the Lawrenceville store and handed them to Jadyn and Gregory.
The boys' mother Destiny told WAGA-TV that "the look on Jadyn's face was pure joy and excitement."
"It made me feel very good ... it made me feel special," Jadyn added to the station regarding the soldier's impromptu present. "I want to find him so we can make him a thank you note and know his name. He's my hero."
Destiny said the "whole experience has been overwhelming. With all the negative in the world, it's wonderful to see something so sweet happen ... It is something they will remember for a lifetime ... My boys, as well as myself, will treasure them forever. We are planning on framing them for the boys’ room!"
After searching the patches online, Destiny told WAGA she believes the soldier in question is part of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which is based in Macon.
The soldier has yet to come forward, but the 48th Infantry Brigade shared the story, too:
(H/T: Independent Journal)