A 4-year-old boy recently wore the medals of his deceased father while visiting his grave in Arlington National Cemetery.
On Monday, North Carolina's Brittany Jacobs and her son, Christian Jacobs, placed pictures and flowers on the tombstone of Sergeant Christopher Jacobs. He was killed during a training exercise in California in 2011.
The mother told WBRC her son immediately ran to give the tombstone a hug, and she had difficulty getting him to leave.
Christian reportedly said,
I hope for you to come back soon, daddy. And I love you and hope for you to be here. I know you will be here and I love you. And he is always watching over me and makes sure -- he's proud of me, daddy. And I love you daddy.
Sergeant Jacobs' many awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Christian was just 8 months old when he lost his father.
Sergeant Jacobs served one tour in Afghanistan and another in Iraq.
Brittany Jacobs says her son "wants to know so much about his father."
Sergeant Jacobs sent a text message to his wife just hours before he was killed.
He told her he received a good night's sleep before saying his last words to his family:
I love you guys.
The grave is located at section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.