‘People’ Magazine story: On his way to visit Israel with his family, Los Angeles entrepreneur Shlomo Rechnitz came across a group of 400 U.S. soldiers during a lay over in Shannon, Ireland.
The servicemen were preparing to eat their paper sack dinners when Rechnitz asked their commanding officer if he could purchase hot meals for all of them instead.
When the commander said it was unnecessary, Rechnitz insisted and each soldier was then given $50 to dine out at a restaurant in the airport of their choosing.
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“You guys risk your lives to protect me and protect my family. If I get to go out and see a whole bunch of Army soldiers and Marines, it’s something that makes me proud.” Rechnitz said to the group. “I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”