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6-year-old asks for porch lights on for his father killed in Afghanistan


More porch lights than usual will be shining tonight as a 6-year-old boy’s request makes the rounds on social media.

6-yr-old boy asks America to turn on porch lights so his dad, killed 1 yr ago in Afghanistan, can see from the moon.

— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) September 26, 2014

“Today” reports:

…tonight, 6-year-old Darren is asking people everywhere to leave their porch lights on “to shine a light to the moon” in honor of his father, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore Jr., who was killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan one year ago Friday.

The idea started last year, the day that two men in uniform came to deliver devastating news. “Darren said he needed the porch light on so that Daddy could see he still loved him,” Jamie [Baysore] says.

And today, when Darren misses his dad, the moon is still a lifeline. “At a certain point in the day when you can see the moon, he will point it out and start talking to his dad. Or if he’s having a very bad day, he will step outside and look up and tell Daddy he loves him.”

@WillieGeist aww God bless his Dad's soul will definitely turn mine on for him and his Dad!

— Miss Elise (@Detroitgem) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist @TODAYshow our light will be on.

— Becki Knowlton (@mom09kids) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist I can't stop crying after reading this. I'll def leave my porch light on tonight.

— _justmandy_ (@metal_mama3) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist Thank you for posting this, Willie. It will be my pleasure to turn our porch lights on for Darren tonight.

— chris keppler (@chris_keppler) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist @TODAYshow aww heartbreaking 🙁

— Alison (@AliLaura) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist @MajorCBS The innocence of the little ones…

— John Wynn (@snoopdeputydawg) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist This story made me cry. What a way to pay tribute to his dad!!

— Genevieve Margotta (@gmargotta44) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist @TODAYshow ❤️done sweetheart ❤️

— aitakatia (@aitakatia) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist May God wrap his arms around this little fella an hold on tight.

— Lyfronda Kay doolin (@LyfrondaD) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist @TODAYshow mine will be on!!

— Barry (@barry_fishman) September 26, 2014

@WillieGeist Told my son I looked at moon thinking of him and praying for his safekeeping nightly while he was deployed. Lights on tonight.

— Chris S (@Chris_mom4evr) September 26, 2014



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