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Chick-fil-A Honors Their Favorite 92-Year-Old WWII Veteran with Free Meals for Life

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What would you do if your favorite restaurant offered you free meals for life? I’d probably do a little happy dance if it were me.

One veteran responded ever so humbly when he was honored this Veterans Day. A 92-year-old WWII veteran named Ernie loves his local Chick-fil-A in Avon, Indiana.

According to Fox 59, Ernie has been eating at this Chick-fil-A almost every day for a year. “I like nuggets,” he happily told the news outlet.

“And if you want a good one, this is the place to come,” he continued. The 92-year-old likes to keep it simple, ordering a nuggets kids’ meal with a root beer each time.

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According to Ernie, Chick-fil-A has “the best root beer in town.” Well, now Ernie is going to be seeing as much of that root beer as he wants.

The man isn’t only a loyal customer — he’s also formed friendships with the staff and management. They look forward to seeing him come in and wanted to thank him for his loyalty and service.

“All of us take turns sitting with him and eating with him,” team leader, Amy Chambliss, told Fox 59. “We just enjoy his company.”

I bet they’ll be seeing a lot more of his company now, too. A live video on Chick-fil-A Avon’s Facebook page revealed just what this restaurant thinks of their favorite vet.

Executive Director Melissa Luebbert, along with store owner Chris Tincher and employee James Cooke, sat down with Ernie on Nov. 12.

Together they told Ernie they’d like to honor him. First, Tincher presented him with a Chick-fil-A military service coin.

But the best part came when Tincher shared an idea Cooke had. “James came up with a really good idea as we were thinking of how to honor you,” Tincher said.

“He said, ‘What if when Ernie came in, he never had to pay for Chick-fil-A again, when he came to our restaurant?'”

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A great idea, indeed. What a way to thank this man for his service. Ernie, of course, was a little shocked and even admitted to Fox 59 he didn’t think he “really deserved a free meal.”

Seems he’s the only one who feels that way, though. Turns out Tincher is a vet too and understands the sacrifice people like Ernie have made.

Ernie served in Japan when he was just 18 years old. His years of service and dedication have earned him more than he knows. Still, he likes the kids’ meal best, even though he’s been told he can order anything he likes.

Thank you for your service, Ernie. And thank you, Chick-fil-A Avon, for setting an example. Your act of kindness, respect and honor is what Veterans Day is all about.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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English
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