By: Kyle James | 09-25-2017 | News
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Photo of WWII Veteran Kneeling in Support of #TakeaKnee Goes Viral

Amidst a controversial trend of kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games, a WWII veteran also took a knee in support of the anthem protests. 97-year-old John Middlemas was the subject of a viral photo when his grandson photographed him taking a knee in his own version of the national anthem protests.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet &amp; Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who <a href="">#TakeaKnee</a>: &quot;those kids have every right to protest.&quot; <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) <a href="">September 24, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Middlemas' grandson, Brennan Gilmore, posted the image to twitter with the hashtag #TakeaKnee. The photo was posted Sunday at the same time NFL teams grabbed the nation's attention by taking a knee during the national anthem in the middle of stadium. Middlemas is kneeling in his yard with a WWII veteran's hat. Gilmore captioned the tweet, "My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who #TakeaKnee: `those kids have every right to protest."

The photo has garnered over 300,000 likes and 123,000 retweets on Twitter. The veteran is a farmer from Willard, Missouri and he told Springfield News-Leader he wanted to show "that you have to love everybody." Middlemas went on to say, "We don’t kill people. We want to make people live."

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