It happened at the Concord Mall in my hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. Gina Wilbur was sitting on a bench watching Santa greet children at his workshop. There was a line of kids waiting to sit on Santa's lap, but he briefly stepped away from his chair so he could walk over to 93-year-old Bob Smiley, a World War II veteran, who was sitting nearby.
Bob stood as Santa approached him, got down on one knee, shook his hand and thanked him for his service. Then Santa returned to the children. As an observer, Gina took this photo. She posted it on social media where it has been shared thousands of times.