The New Restaurant Challenge – Honoring the Fallen

By Faye Higbee

Tacoma, Washington – Buffalo Wild Wings bar and grill in Tacoma isn’t allowed to serve a customer two drinks at the same time by State law. So when a military woman came in and ordered a Corona and a Blue Moon at the same time, the server said no. But what happened next was epic: she told him one was for her and one was for her brother, who was killed in Iraq.

[Tacoma is near to JBLM- Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is both an Army Base and an Air Force Base.]

The server, Brian Avey, gave her the requested order, and that extra beer sat beside her for the entire lunch. She never touched it.  When the bill came, she learned that the bar had picked up the tab for the other beer.

“It just sat next her at an empty seat her entire Lunch. When I brought her bill I told her Buffalo Wild Wings will be buying that beer.” Brian Avey on Facebook 

The unidentified woman was so touched by that act of kindness, that she wrote a note on her bill and set her brother’s beer on top of it. Avey took a photo of it – a photo which has gone viral.

“Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day.” –Greatful [grateful] soldiers

Honoring the Fallen

But that’s not the end of the story- Avey didn’t have the heart to get rid of that beer. So he set it on top of the cooler beside an American flag (one that was obviously from a service person’s memorial service). Then he told his boss, Dan, what he had done.

Dan responded by asking Brian to just change out the lime every day. Neither of the men had the heart to get rid of the beer that was meant to honor a woman’s fallen brother. They kept it up for a day to honor him, but that’s not all. They have decided to keep it permanently to honor the soldier’s memory.

It’s a “never-ending toast” to one of our own who lost his life in defense of freedom. Respect and honor for our fallen military members is a challenge all can take up.

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