A soldier's actions during a rainy funeral procession in Kentucky became famous on social media, with many people praising the service member's respect for tradition.
Stopping a car during a procession is generally regarded as a sign of respect, though not everyone adheres to it. SoShareThis noted that there is no law requiring military members to stop, but Fox News confirmed that Kentucky law mandates drivers give the right of way to processions when they're led by an escort.
Kentucky resident Erin Hester said she'd noticed that few people stopped for processions in Vine Grove, which is just outside Ft. Knox Army Base.
On one particularly wet day, she was shocked to see a man pulled over and standing next to his car. She approached and noticed the man was in uniform and standing at attention, SoShareThis reports.
Hester told Fox News that she teared upon realizing that the man was honoring a funeral procession.
"It was amazing that he wasn’t only respecting the deceased, but also respecting a family that he doesn't even know," she said.
Hester took a photo of the man as he stood for the entire minute-long procession. She later shared it in a public Facebook post, which according to CNN, she rarely does.
"I was so completely touched by this today," she wrote. "A funeral procession was passing by and this soldier got out of his jeep to stand at attention in the pouring rain. I always get frustrated when I see cars that don't pull to the side and stop for a procession, but this gentlemen went above and beyond."
CNN reports 120,000 people shared the photo in the first week after she posted it.
The post prompted others to share their own stories about showing respect during a funeral procession.
"When my dad passed away we were following the casket through a not wonderful side of town.. we passed a bus stop and a man who was waiting for the bus stood up and took off his hat," wrote Victoria Archibeque, according to SoShareThis. "I cried and it took everything I had to not go hug him. It's amazing when someone does something for nothing in return."
Hester doesn't know the identity of the man and doesn't imagine he'd want her to know, CNN reports.
"This is probably something that is a part of his core values and [he] does this on a regular basis," she said.