Bartender preserves beer bought for fallen soldier

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TACOMA, Wash.- A bartender's act of kindness inspired a touching tribute to a fallen soldier.

Brian Avey was working at the BW3s in Tacoma, Washington when a woman ordered two beers: one for her and one for her brother, who died in Iraq.

Avey gave her the Corona on the house and she left on note on her receipt.

“Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day," she wrote.

But after the woman left the restaurant, the beer sat on the bar.

“I just couldn’t dump out a fallen soldier’s beer,” Avey told Q13. “If someone else could do it, fine. But I wasn’t going to be the one.”

So he decided to place the drink on top of a cooler, next to an American flag.

“If he can give his life for our country, we can give that beer a permanent place at the Buffalo.”

His manager was fine with the idea, saying, "Put a fresh lime in it every morning."

Avey posted a picture of the receipt on his Facebook account. As of Thursday morning, it had more than 107,000 likes and 45,000 shares.

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