Bartender permanently sets aside beer for fallen soldier, photo goes viral on Facebook

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TACOMA, Wash. -- A bartender at a Washington restaurant decided to permanently set aside an open bottle of beer with a lime slice on top for a fallen U.S. soldier. It's the story behind this act that has touched people's hearts.

A photo of a Corona and a receipt with a thank you written on it has been shared nearly 100,000 times on Facebook, here and around the world.

According to Buffalo Wild Wings bartender Brian Avery, a woman came into the restaurant an ordered a Corona with lime with her lunch. She told Avery the beer was for her brother who died in Iraq.

When it came time to close out the tab, Avery told her the Corona was on the house.

He later found that the mystery woman had left behind this note on the receipt: "Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me." And she signed it, "Grateful soldiers."

After she left, Avery didn't want to throw the beer away: "If he can give his life for our country, we can give that beer a permanent place at the Buffalo."

With his manager's permission, he placed the Corona next to an American flag on display at the bar. The manager only asked that Avery put a fresh lime in the beer every morning.

Avey took a photo of the beer and the woman's note and posted it on Facebook. In just a few hours, it got 100,000 likes. And phone calls began coming into the restaurant to say thank you.

So there the beer sits.

"That beer is staying there, we're not getting rid of that beer," Avey said. "That beer is for a fallen soldier who protected our country."

People at the restaurant are hoping the woman will come forward so they can thank her for her brother's service.

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