A Kentucky restaurant supervisor’s tribute to the 13 U.S. service members killed in a terror assault whereas attempting to assist evacuate Individuals and Afghan allies from Taliban-held Kabul Thursday has touched hearts throughout the nation.
“For the 13 fallen,” Tyler Scott Parker, the supervisor of the St. Matthews Texas Roadhouse in Louisville, Ky., wrote in a Fb caption together with a picture displaying 13 place settings, every with a full pint of Bud Mild.
“I actually simply wished individuals to see it and know that as an organization, we hear them,” he advised Fox Information Saturday.
In a separate submit, Parker confirmed the American flag on the restaurant’s rooftop at half-staff, together with a chilling caption.
“[Thirteen] doorbells will ring,” it reads. “13 flags can be given. 13 won’t ever come dwelling.”
An ISIS-linked bombing on the Kabul airport on Thursday killed 11 U.S. Marines, one soldier and a Navy medic, in keeping with protection officers, in addition to dozens of Afghan civilians. It left extra individuals injured.
Parker, who mentioned each of his grandfathers served within the Korean Battle and that his stepfather was a Marine throughout Desert Storm, wished to honor the slain women and men.
“It type of hits dwelling for me,” he mentioned. “When your loved ones has served, and so they’ve made it again, and you then assume these 13 who’ve fallen and aren’t going to make it again.”
In order he was pondering of how you can pay his respects, he mentioned the Luke Bryan track, “Drink A Beer,” popped into his head.
“So I simply was like, let’s go for it, and let’s put beers out on the desk,” he mentioned.
The picture prompted a powerful response. As of Saturday afternoon, it had been shared greater than 27,000 instances, with hundreds of likes.
The Kabul assault marked a tragic flip for the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and prompted a U.S. drone strike that killed ISIS-Ok targets believed to have been plotting extra assaults towards Individuals.
It’s been a tumultuous yr for Texas Roadhouse, too.
Founder and CEO Kent Taylor introduced initially of the coronavirus pandemic he would forego his own salary in an effort to hold paying his staff as pandemic shutdowns upended the restaurant business.
Then in March of 2021, he took his own life after battling post-coronavirus signs, together with extreme tinnitus, the corporate and relations mentioned in an announcement.
Taylor was born at Fort Leonard Wooden, in Missouri, the place his father was an Military lieutenant, in 1955, in keeping with an obituary within the New York Times.
And had all the time supported the army, Parker mentioned.
“We do a giant Memorial Day, we do the Fallen heroes desk…just a bit method to give again and present that we care and that we’re right here for them,” he mentioned.
Earlier than his dying, he pledged funding for a examine that aimed to assist veterans take care of tinnitus.