I was taught to respect our military at a very young age because my father was an officer in the military. My brothers and I showed respect by always using respectful terms like sir and mam. We also called everybody by their rank and last name. Many people feel that our children today have lost some of that respect for our people in the service, but 6 year old Jace Vega proved them all wrong.
A photo of the boy saluting troops at an airport in San Antonio, TX has gone viral. His picture was caught when he was saluting military members that were passing by him.
Gratitude towards military members is often lost or ignored by the general population. These are the men and women who have volunteered to protect our country. The members of the military offer the ultimate sacrifice of giving their own lives so that our freedom and the people of our country can live.
When asked why he had given the salute, Jace simply responded: “Because they fight for our country.”
Priscilla Pinales-Vega & Joe Vega are the parents of the 6 year old. According to Joe, when he asked his son why he did it, his response was “Daddy they protect us.” Proud moment for the parents… “To know WE are teaching our children that the least they can do is show respect to the brave young men and women that serve our great nation.”
Jace and his family were at San Antonio International Airport to pick up his father who was returning home from a trip to Colorado. It was at that time the Jace saw the military personnel and decided for himself to salute them.
Jace has told his father already that one day he hopes to serve his country. His parents are quite impressed with his show of allegiance and the respect he gave the men and women.
Joe also revealed that he’s proud of his little boy, adding that the salute may have opened doors for him in the future.
“A couple of companies have reached out to us and some other people just reached out to my wife,” he said. “They want to use his picture in the airport somewhere in Florida. A couple of locally owned veteran companies who do shirts, that’s locally owned and operated, they’re going to do a couple of shirts with him.”