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(NEWSER) – Thousands of people around the country and the world responded to a 6-year-old boy's plea to turn on a few extra porch lights so his fallen dad could see them shining. The father, Staff Sgt. Thomas Baysore, was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 26, 2013, and he had often told his son Darren that he loved him to the moon and back.

When Baysore died, wife Jamie Baysore told their son that he was splitting his time between heaven and the moon, so Darren thought that if more people turned on their porch lights his dad might see them, reports the Tennessean.

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