SAN ANTONIO — A picture of a 6-year-old boy saluting military members in a Texas airport has gone viral as online commenters said they were inspired by the youngster's patriotism.
Joe Vega said he snapped a picture of Jace, and then asked his son why he saluted.
"Daddy, they protect us," Jace replied.
The first-grader told WOAI-TV he aspires to one day be an Army captain.
The picture of Jace, posted Sunday to WOAI-TV's Facebook page, had more than 1,300 reactions as of Tuesday afternoon.
Commenters wrote about how they were inspired by Jace.
"Best post today ... what a nice little boy. Parents deserve to be very proud," wrote commenter Barb Borgen Vandenberg.
"Thank you young man for your patriotism," wrote Kevin Burke.
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