A sad but uplifting story out of Louisiana, where a dying 10-year-old boy was granted his ultimate wish -- to be inducted into the U.S Army.
Quoting a report from the Fort Polk Guardian, Yahoo! News said Brennan Daigle is suffering from embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which muscular tumors attach themselves to bones. Last month doctors told his parents that Brennan had only weeks to live.
It was no secret that Brennan has always loved the Army. A Facebook page called "Brennan's Brigade," which is designed to keep his friends and family updated about his condition talks about his Army interests. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have sent messages of encouragement.
A charity called Dreams Come True of Louisiana also caught wind of it and contacted Brennan's mom. She said his wish would be to meet real soldiers in person. A call was placed to Fort Polk requesting that a few soldiers attend Brennan's tenth birthday on February 26.
More than just a few showed up -- forty, to be exact. A surprised Brennan was greeted by a formation of soldiers standing at attention in front of a National Guard Humvee. They shouted "Happy Birthday, Brennan!," and broke into applause.
Brennan was speechless. "All he could do was giggle," his mother said.
Brennan and his best friend were given a ride in the Humvee, and afterwards moved down the line and shook hands with every soldier.
But the best was yet to come -- Brennan was then inducted into the Army as an honorary member. He got a military jacket with his name on the pocket and other Army-themed gifts.
"Brennan, you exemplify what personal courage means," Pfc. Kamesha Starkey told him.
"Words can never express what I felt seeing all those soldiers there, knowing some of them had just come back from Iraq and still took time out for just one little boy," mom Kristy Daigle said. "Just to know that they care enough to give their all, to give their love and support to a little boy is phenomenal. It says so much about our men and women who serve our country in the armed forces."
The mayor of Sulphur, Louisiana also gave Brennan a key to the city and the title of Honorary Mayor of the Day.
Brennan was still in awe the next day, asking his mother, "Am I really in the Army?"
"You most certainly are," she answered. "They don't swear in just anyone."
"That's awesome," said Brennan.