On the Fourth of July, Katie Shuler was walking through a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, grocery store when she heard a weird noise.
According to Shuler’s Facebook post, the noise was coming from a little girl who was “prancing” down one of the grocery store aisles while wearing boots that were way too big for her.Screenshot/Facebook
At first, Shuler just giggled at the sight as she passed by the girl and her mom.
But not long after seeing the little girl for the first time, their paths crossed again as they stood in the same checkout line. Shuler wrote on Facebook that she and the girl’s mom struck up a conversation.
That’s when she learned the heart-wrenching reason as to why the girl was wearing boots that were 10 times too big for her:
I told the little girl that I liked her boots. She had a massive grin on her face and began to speak. She let me know that those boots belonged to her Daddy. Today would have been his birthday, but he was killed last year in “Afghan Stan.” To feel better about today, she was allowed to wear his boots.
Shuler, the girl’s mom, and the cashier all began to cry.
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The man standing behind them grabbed a cupcake out of the dozen he was getting ready to purchase and handed it to the little girl. Shuler detailed what the man said to the proud daughter:
He told the little girl to always eat a cupcake for her dads birthday. He told her that her dad was a hero and that she should be proud to be his daughter.
As the group went their separate ways, Shuler tried to compose herself in her car. She thought about why she was able to celebrate America in the first place — because of the men and women like the little girl’s father who sacrifice everything for their country.