97-year-old WWII vet takes a knee in solidarity with protestors

Local WWII Veteran Takes a Knee for Protesters

A picture of a 97-year-old World War II veteran showcasing his support for those taking a knee has gone viral.

"Those kids have every right to protest", Brennan Gilmore quoted his grandfather, John Middlemas, as saying.

The picture has more than 319,000 likes and 122,000 retweets on Twitter.

The tweet was posted on Sunday morning with the caption: "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".

Middlemas, a farmer from Willard, Missouri, told the publication 'that you have to love everybody'. "He's an unbelievable man always on the side of justice", Gilmore tweeted.

During an interview, Middlemas said his support for National Football League players stems from his service in the military, when he served alongside black members of the military aboard a submarine.

"I wanted to communicate what I always told to my grand-kids and everybody else", Middlemas said.

He added, "We don't kill people".

"I'm trying to say that you have to love everybody", he said, adding he hopes "the whole world" will get his message. "We want to make people live". A stout admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Middlemas participated in an equality march in Springfield, Mo., in 2013 that he said was the most important march of his life. "A real American, unlike the insane orange guy!" a social media user tweeted. Responding to the gesture, musician Stevie Wonder took a knee Saturday night "for America" at the 6th annual Global Citizen Music Fest in New York's Central Park.

President Donald Trump condemned Colin Kaepernick and other players' protesting efforts through a series of tweets.

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