On his way to Israel for Sukkos, Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, traveling with his family, had a short stop in Shannon, Ireland.
When entering the airport, they saw approximately 400 US soldiers milling around the terminal.
While the regular passengers and friends were eating at the various trendy restaurants in the area, most of the army personnel were eating army meals from paper bags.
Rechnitz approached the commander and told him that he wanted to treat all the servicemen to a good meal. At first the commander said it was unnecessary, but Rechnitz insisted.
The commander announced to all the soldiers that they could eat at any restaurant for up to $50, sponsored by Mr. Rechnitz.
After the grateful servicemen ate, the commander asked if Rechnitz would share a few words with all of them why he had done this kind act.
“You guys risk your life to protect me and my family,” Rechnitz told the large group of uniformed men. “When I go out and see a whole bunch of soldiers and marines, it’s something that makes me proud, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Rechnitz concluded, to rousing cheers and applause.
Video: Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz addresses US servicemen