VIRAL: Young restaurant employee thanks 94-year-old veteran for his service

Young restaurant employee thanks 94-year-old veteran for his service
Published: Oct. 19, 2015 at 11:43 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2015 at 8:38 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Two men, from different generations, caught the attention of customers at a Cape Girardeau restaurant.

Tina Readus posted on her Facebook page that she and her mother were at the Burger King on Broadway when a young man walked out from the back of the restaurant and extended his hand to an older gentleman in front of them.

She said the man tried to give the employee his coupon, but the employee said, "Oh no, I just want to shake your hand and thank you for your service and for my freedom in our beautiful country."

Readus said she was moved to tears and just had to get their names and picture.

She said she learned the older gentleman was Kenneth Haas, 94, a World War II veteran. The employee was Devante Nicholson.

Devante makes it a point to thank every veteran he sees, but this show of gratitude was caught on camera and has been shared thousands of times on Facebook.

Devante told Heartland News he's excited about all the positive reaction and hopes his message of honoring those who serve will spread.

"People must take the time to recognize what certain people have done for us," said Devante. "As our generation, those men have fought, have taken care of us in order for us to have the generation in which we live. So therefore, we should take the time to recognize that and thank them for what they've done."

Devante told us his fathers was a Navy SEAL and he plans to join the military within the next year.

Readus ended her "shout out" to the two men on Facebook by saying she got a hug and kiss on the cheek from Haas.

"Thank you both for being the great man and young man that you are," she said.

You can click here to see the entire Facebook post.

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