A Texas veteran stopped traffic and captured hearts after he publicly paid respect to soldiers -- past and present -- nationwide.
Every night, retired Marine Guy Taylor, 83, plays Taps on his trumpet in public to honor veterans, Facebook page Love What Matters explains.
What’s more, Galveston County Constable Clint Wayne Brown stops traffic in respect.
Karla Bruton Smith uploaded the original video and commented under Love What Matters’ post:
After originally posting this video on the Native Texans FB page, I took a copy of the post and all the comments left for Mr. Taylor expressing gratitude. He immediately started to tell me how he works to serve disabled veterans and their families in the Galveston area. If you are any where near Galveston, TX, please stop by at sundown and hear Mr. Taylor play Taps. You will be blessed!
Many on social media commented they were touched, particularly those who are veterans themselves.
“This moved me to tears. What a beautiful tribute,” Facebook user Maria Christina wrote. “I loved how the constable stood at attention and saluted. As a military veteran and an American, I respect that and it meant a great deal to me.”
However, Christina expressed sadness that not everybody stood still in respect.
“It's sad to see two people just kept on walking by like it was nothing. Couldn't they see this constable standing in the middle of the road saluting? Even if you've never heard of "Taps" before and what it means, wouldn't seeing him standing and saluting make you stop and think that maybe you should also pause even for a moment, at least until the music stopped?,” she wrote.
It’s not the first tribute to military veterans to capture national attention in March.
On March 28, Vietnam War soldiers in Massachusetts were finally recognized fifty years after the war ended, the Boston Globe reports.
“It’s better late than never,” veteran John Wilkinson, who was insulted instead of commended when he returned home in 1966, said.
“This is an opportunity for us to stop for a moment and acknowledge the sacrifice and the things that they did for this country,” Bradley Mayes, the VA Regional Benefits Office director, added. “They really paved the way for generations of veterans that came after them.”