After recent events, a teen in Nevada wanted to pay tribute to their memory. He did so in the most respectful way.
The moment was captured on video as 14-year-old Devin Lenihan played a tear-inducing rendition of TAPS. He stood next to a flag at half-mast as it gently blew in the breeze. While Lenihan felt deep sadness when he learned of the attack, he knew he wanted to do something to commemorate their service.
The teen is also a member of the Nevada Civil Air Patrol as a cadet senior airman. Further, his father, Sean Lenihan, is a veteran himself, as a former Marine.
“He was pretty upset about the whole situation and didn’t know what to do and [his mother] kind of guided him,” Lenihan said, according to Fox News, calling it a “spur of the moment” performance.
In the video, the setting is almost serene as Lenihan begins to play the melody reserved for fallen veterans. A recent attack in Kabul, Afghanistan left 13 U.S. service members dead and several others badly injured, which prompted his performance.
What a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
WWII Veteran Gets Sweet Surprise for 100th Birthday
Though the world is mourning a great loss, it was a much happier moment for a WWII veteran who turned 100 this year.
A Stop & Shop in New Jersey couldn’t have been more thrilled to throw the best surprise party for their former employee. Benny Ficeto is a WWII veteran who also worked at the shop for years following his retirement from the service.
Last year, Ficeto’s former employees partook in a birthday parade for the man. This year, everyone expressed their excitement at being able to celebrate Ficeto’s milestone birthday in the store.
Surrounded by friends, family and former co-workers, the group celebrated all afternoon.
Further, the special veteran received a very moving gift. Because of his work in the community, his dedication to his country, and his general love for the town, the store gifted him and other veterans special parking spots right in front of the store.
“People would wait in line even if there was an open register, they would wait because they wanted Benny to bag their groceries,’ a spokesperson for the store said.
Even sweeter, the parking space will be called “Benny’s spot”.
The former service member loved working at the shop, he said. He believes the work gives him purpose, he said.
Interestingly, Ficeto worked for a couple of the store’s locations over the last few years. He no longer works there, however, he remains a friendly face in the community. And lots of people love to celebrate him.