Mom Visits Soldier Son's Grave, Finds A Mysterious Boy Who Keeps Visiting There
Cailyn Finkel 7/24/2017
God works in mysterious ways, and for 7-year-old Mason, He lead him to the gravestone of Sergeant Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Butler. Every year, Mason's family travels to the Wilmington National Cemetery for Memorial Day and places flags on the gravestones of the fallen soldiers.
While other Americans were partying and enjoying the day off, little Mason was soaking in what it means to be an American hero.
During their trip to Wilmington National Cemetery, Mason's mother Sarah lost sight of her boy and soon discovered him bent over by Sergeant Butler's grave. Mason explained that he felt drawn to Sergeant Butler for some reason and asked his mother all sorts of questions - none of which she knew the answer.
Sarah told WECT News how touching her son's questions were.
"Mason had a lot of questions. He wanted to know if he had a son and a family, and wanted to know more about him.
It was really touching because you could tell he was really soaking it all in. That this was somebody's son, somebody's daddy."
So, when the family returned to Wilmington National Cemetery to place flags yet again, Mason made sure to leave a drawing for Sergeant Butler's family.
He had no idea that the picture would mean so much to someone...
Sergeant Butler's mother, Leslie, discovered the note and was touched that someone so young could understand the sacrifice her son gave to protect our freedom.
That's why Leslie started digging and soon found out the identity of the young boy who honored her son. She then invited Mason and his family to spend Fourth of July at her son's gravesite. It was an emotional time for Leslie, but she told WECT News that it was something she'll remember forever!
"For Mason's age, I thought it was very special that he came down and visited T.J."
It's not everyday that someone so young can make such a big difference in a total stranger's life!