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5 young men repeatedly disturb elderly veteran’s meal ,making him cry and the unexpected took place

There’s no way to compensate all the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedom and protection. But we can, however, help them by praying for their safety, reaching out to their families, and supporting them, whether financially or morally. Unfortunately, there are too many military veterans who suffer in silence and are completely forgotten.

When this elderly Vietnam veteran stopped at a restaurant for dinner, he noticed a table of younger guys nearby. He didn’t think much of it until the guys swarmed his table one by one, repeatedly disrupting his meal. Soon, their conduct caught the attention of the entire restaurant, and the veteran started to cry.


74-year-old Lou Zezov lives in Granite City, Illinois, with his wife Annette. Not long ago, they went out to eat at a Cracker Barrel, and the couple was looking forward to having a good time together, as usual. Lou was wearing his U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran cap when he went out.

The couple got to the restaurant, and after being seated, Lou noticed five guys sitting at a nearby table. He didn’t know it then, but the young men noticed Lou in his hat too, and they were going to make this one evening he’d never forget.


After Lou and his wife ordered, the young men sprung into action. Lou was just enjoying his meal quietly when one of the young men came over and stood at Lou’s table. “I stood up,” Lou recalled, as he came eyeball to eyeball with the young guy. The young man threw out his hand, wanting to thank Lou for his sacrifice. The gesture caught Lou by surprise. After all, it isn’t the type of scene that unfolds at dining establishments every day.

Lou thought it ended there until the rest of the group stood up and expressed their gratitude. “I knew they were military by their haircuts, high and tight,” Lou said, explaining how he knew they were service members. In fact, the young men were Marines, and as I mentioned, it didn’t stop with one handshake.


When the first man returned to his table, another got up and walked over to Lou. Once again, the veteran stood up and didn’t really know what was waiting for him. The second young man then said, “I want to thank you for all five of us,” motioning to the others. Lou thanked the young men for their kind words, and they talked briefly. Lou expressed his appreciation and was wishing all the men well with their future military careers.

After that, he returned to his meal, thinking that was the end of it. But minutes after Lou and his wife finished their dinner, he beckoned for a waiter to bring over the check. When the waiter arrived at the table, he was waving the bill with a big smile on his face and said, “This is your lucky day.” The young Marines had bought Lou’s dinner. Also, there was a message on the receipt.


One of the Marines had written “Semper Fi” across the top with a “Ura” at the bottom. Lou, completely taken by surprise, went over to their table and put his arm around one of the guys, insisting they didn’t have to pay for his dinner. A simple thank you was enough. “You don’t have to do this,” Lou told them. “I know being in the military, you don’t make a lot of money.” But the Marines stood firm. They wanted him to know how much they appreciated him.

Lou said, “The atmosphere in the restaurant, which was noisy and chatty, was replaced with an unusual quiet as onlookers watched the Marines’ conduct.” After the fourth Marine gave Lou the sharpest salute he’d ever seen, they turned and walked out. Lou was in awe and felt the deepest gratitude for the men who so emphatically expressed their appreciation for his service.


“The room got really quiet. Everyone was looking,” Lou said, dabbing a tear from the corner of his eye. “Sorry, I still tear up when I talk about this.” Other people stood and applauded. Lou couldn’t help but turn to his wife, who said he better sit down and catch his breath after the moving moment.

Lou’s wife, Annette, was moved by the scene. “It just speaks volumes for the military,” she said. “I thought of my son, who’s retired Air Force, and the people who thank him for his service. It’s rewarding to see that the military is so strong and so polite.”


According to the Belleville News, the five Marines were later identified as Kevin Morris Veldiaz, Eric Morales, Victor Gomez, and Elijah Reynolds, all Private First Class. When the paper reached out for comment, they simply said it was the right thing to do. “He fought for us; now it’s our turn,” said the 21-year-old PFC Diaz from Texas.

Lou Zezoff served in the Navy from 1959 to 1963. During Vietnam, Lou, an E5 Petty Officer Second Class, served on an aircraft carrier, USS Coral C, in 1961 and 1962. He was designated a parachute rigger but served as a plane captain on the carrier. He was responsible for a plane from pre-flight checks until it returned to the ship.


After his service, when Lou returned to civilian life, he continued to serve as a police officer for 32 years. He became a detective in the 1970s, then later worked court security with the U.S. Marshals Service before retiring in 1996.

Lou Zezoff’s narrative reminds us how important it is to show our appreciation for those who have served and how even a small gesture can make a big impact. These young Marines’ act at the restaurant certainly made a mark on the veteran’s life, as can be seen here.

Respect and gratitude are the least we can give the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedoms and protection. We should be grateful and acknowledge what our veterans have done for all of us.


Their commitment to our nation came with great sacrifice, enduring distance from their loved ones and trauma we can only imagine. Please share this story with your friends and family if you agree.

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