U.S. soldier snapped standing to attention for stranger in pouring rain – let’s give him the respect he deserves


As a child, I was taught by my parents to respect others.

They knew the importance of respect at times, and I grew up with the same purpose.

I was shocked when I saw a picture of one U.S. soldier standing to attention in the pouring rain. The person who took the photo knew exactly that it should be shared with the world, and I thank them for doing so.

The picture went viral, and it’s not surprising; people are shouting to pay homage to the soldier.

What he said after the recognition was indeed a testament to his character.

That was on July 6, 2017. Erin Hester was at a crossroads on a highway in Vine Grove, Kentucky.

There she saw a soldier paying attention outside in the pouring rain. Confused, she stared at him for a moment. This is what he saluted, even though he was not part of the procession and did not know the deceased.

Erin Hester knew he had to take a photo at that moment. Her picture was uploaded on social media, where it garnered positive attention.

Hester wrote on her Facebook page: “I was completely touched by this today. A funeral procession was passing by, and the soldier got out of his jeep and was spotted by torrential rain. I always get frustrated when I see cars parked in a procession, not pulling to the side, but these gentlemen went overboard.

“I am convinced that the military does not have the military control to do this. I was delighted to see the respect this gentleman had for a family he did not even know. “

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