A photo of a soldier standing in the rain as a funeral procession goes by has touched the hearts of social media users.
Erin Hester, of Vine Grove, Kentucky, posted the photo on Facebook. It shows the soldier standing outside in the rain as the procession passed through an intersection, KTLA reports.
"We had come to a red light when the intersection was blocked by our local police department," said Hester. "The procession lasted at least a minute and he stood the entire time at attention."
Hester described the scene in more detail in her Facebook post, which has gone viral and gained over 128,000 shares in just a week:
I was so completely touched by this today. 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. I feel pretty confident that there isn't a military rule that soldiers have to do this. This made my heart happy to see the amount of respect that this gentleman showed a family that he doesn't even know. #values #respect
Hester said that she doesn't know who the soldier is, but she assumed that he wouldn't want attention for his act.
"He will not want recognition as this is probably something that is a part of his core values and does this on a regular basis," Hester theorized.
It's also legally required to stop your car and not pass a procession in Kentucky under certain traffic laws.
State law says that "a vehicle in a funeral procession has the right-of-way at an intersection and may proceed through the intersection if the procession is led by an escort vehicle displaying flashing yellow, red, or blue lights." The law also applies to processions led by police.
Commenters on Hester's post praised the soldier's respect and thanked her for sharing the touching scene.
"I have worn a uniform since 1979 and it's things like this that continue to make me proud to be a SOLIDER," said one commenter.
"I live in the South and it is expected here to pull over when a funeral procession is passing," noted another. "I just hope parents pass on this tradition of respect to the younger generations."
"God bless all of our great guys and great ladies of all our services for it take a real special person to be a servant good enough to serve our country today and always amen," wrote another user.
"I would have been bawling my eyes out. I am very emotional," added another commenter.