CBS News reported on 28 Feb 2014, that USAF officer Lt Col. Frank Dailey walked into Crackers Barrel diner, and only have a boy walked up to him and pass him a note and a $20 bill.
The boy, 8 year old Myles Eckert, had found the bill on the carpark and was thinking of getting a video game until he saw Col Dailey in his uniform. In his note he wrote;
“Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now, I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”
The boy lost his father to the Iraq War and Col Dailey and his uniform reminded the boy of him. The note, though a small touch, gave Col Dailey tremendous support and direction in his career as a soldier.
While little stories like this is common in countries like the US, Singapore has their fair share of touching stories. Lately, cyberpioneer feature a NSF NOTAM Executive from 203 Squadron, PTE Yang Ping. He was given a note in the bus while traveling back home.
This is not the first story of Singaporeans giving support to our Singapore soldiers, some give extra portion of rice and some graciously gave meals on the house. Little gestures like that is a testament of Singaporean’s commitment to defence, and playing their part in Total Defence, Sociological and Psychological Defence working hand in hand with Military Defence. Social media like Stomp ,and contributors to them, can play their part by reporting and spreading inspiring news like these to our people.
Notes like what PTE Yang received although simple, has significant morale boost to the men and women of the SAF. I recall once while waiting for my Hor Fun at the nearby coffeeshop, and little girl walked past and gave me a salute. Something of no monetary value, but made my day, and I am sure many who don the uniform would agree with me too, it is a pat on the back for us.
Because you really play a part as a Singaporean, a little gesture of support goes a long way, and most will pledge to pay it forward in one way or another. We do not need our men fighting to show our appreciation, but even more so as they are doing to prevent one.
“Serve to Preserve”