A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Philadelphia has come up with a creative way to celebrate Memorial Day.
Managers of the restaurant placed a box full of toy soldiers on a side table sometime in late May, Mad World News reported. The box was decked with a star-spangled ribbon and accompanied by a sign that read, "Please take a soldier home and place it somewhere that will remind you to pray for those who serve our country."
A photo of the basket surfaced online after a customer at the restaurant noticed it and called managers, according to Mad World News.
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A May 25 post on the restaurant's Facebook page explained the concept in more detail. The message, which was posted along with a picture of the box full of toy soldiers, read:
With summer weather rolling around, it's easy to lose focus of the true meaning of the Memorial Day Holiday - to commemorate those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. We invite you to take a soldier from our lobby as a reminder to take time to pray for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Please take time also to pray for all of those who are actively serving and retired.
The post has since gone viral with more than 37,000 likes and 50,000 shares in five days.
Facebook users writing in the comments section praised the restaurant's efforts to honor America's fallen soldiers.
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"I commend your restaurant for doing this," one commenter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, wrote in response to the post. "As a disabled Iraq war veteran I offer my sincere thank you."
"Thank you Chick-fil-A for supporting our military men and women," another poster wrote. "We need to pray for them every day. What a nice way to do that and it being Memorial Day weekend."
The gesture was reportedly well received by diners at the restaurant, as the box was nearly empty only hours after it was placed on the table, according to Mad World News.