Unlike so many wake-up calls in life, Alana Ruthann's left her near tears over a touching act of kindness.

Unlike so many wake-up calls in life, Alana Ruthann's left her near tears over a touching act of kindness.
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It was a moving experience that she felt the need to share on Facebook, and it has moved many, many others as well, garnering more than 32,000 likes and being shared more than 15,000 times.

At her local Walmart, Alana was waiting impatiently to pay at the cashier so she could get on with her day, when some action in front of her caught her attention.

At her local Walmart, Alana was waiting impatiently to pay at the cashier so she could get on with her day, when some action in front of her caught her attention.
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"I didn’t even notice the two gentlemen standing in front of me until I heard an older mans voice in confusion declare, 'Wait, what is happening? What are you doing?!'" she wrote. 

"I looked up from my phone to see a younger man in front of the older gentleman respond, 'Sir, I’m paying for your items because you paid by serving my country and I’m grateful for you.'" 

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And just like that, the young man scanned his card, said another thank you to the veteran, and walked out.

And just like that, the young man scanned his card, said another thank you to the veteran, and walked out.
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"The older man was caught off guard with a loss for words, fumbling his gloves in his hands and trying desperately to hold in his emotion, as was I," Alana wrote.

"The veteran was still in shock as he was handed his items and he asked, 'What do I do now?' To which the cashier responded with a warm smile, 'You have a good day!'

"The veteran was still in shock as he was handed his items and he asked, 'What do I do now?' To which the cashier responded with a warm smile, 'You have a good day!'
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"It was that moment I realized I had TWO heroes in line in-front of me," Alana wrote. "My heart welled as I watched our veteran readjust his Veteran ball cap, straighten up, and hold his head with pride as he walked out knowing someone was grateful for him."

"That 20 second interaction didn’t just change the veteran’s day — it changed my day, as well as that cashier’s — because that 20 seconds showed us by looking up and slowing down — life is pretty beautiful and surely we can find something to be grateful for."

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It's hard to say it any better than that!

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