A 6-year-old North Carolina boy who travels to Arlington National Cemetery every Memorial Day to visit his father's gravestone got to meet President Donald Trump this year.
Christian Jacobs was just 8 months old when his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Chris Jacobs, died in a training accident at a Marine base in California in 2011.
"They were tracking at night and the driver couldn’t see 'cause it was so dark and then there was a cliff and then the tank fell and it hit him," Christian told WTKR.
Since then, Christian and his mother, Brittany Jacobs, have made it a point to travel to Arlington National Cemetery and spend time at the grave site each Memorial Day. Christian, who says he is going to be a Marine when he grows up, dons a replica Marine Corps Dress Blues uniform for the occasion.
"He likes coming here and he was excited about coming here," Brittany said in 2015, adding, "I'm glad that people are getting to see the connection of a little boy who lost his dad when he was a baby and see how much he loves him and how proud he is of him."
WTKR was present that year while Christian delivered a message to his late father.
"I hope for you to come back soon, daddy," he said. "And I love you and hope for you to be here. I know you will be here and I love you. And he is always watching over me and makes sure -- he's proud of me, daddy. And I love you daddy."
This year, Christian got the chance to meet Trump, who was at Arlington paying his respects to America's fallen soldiers.
"I just asked him, 'Hey, do you want to go see my daddy?'" Christian said. "And he was like 'Sure.' So we just went over there and I showed him the pillow that they made me."
Brittany described the encounter as "amazing."
"We didn't expect it," she told WAGA. "We were hoping we'd get to see him there that day. And it was just amazing."
A photo of Trump giving Christian a hug was uploaded to the Arlington National Cemetery Facebook page on May 29. The image quickly went viral, racking up over 47,000 likes and more than 27,000 shares.
Christian also met Vice President Mike Pence, who gave the 6-year-old a challenge coin, according to WTKR.
"He told him his dad would be very proud of him," Brittany said.
Sources: WTKR (2), WAGA, Arlington National Cemetery/Facebook / Photo credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard, Arlington National Cemetery/Facebook