Every so often we find a story that just speaks to our souls and we have to share it with you. Today we found a story that proves chivalry is indeed not dead. You are going to love this story.
Recently, Erin Hester was driving along on a rain soaked day when she noticed a uniformed man standing at attention on the side of the road. When she realized he had pulled over to pay his respects to a passing funeral procession, she decided to take a picture and share the story with Love What Matters’ Facebook page.
“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.”
She posted the story on July 10th and it has already been shared more than five thousand times and received hundreds of comments like:
“ I’m so glad you captured this. This young man was raised w love and respect in his heart.”- Brandi Guillet
“ My husband is a funeral director and its not a law in most places to pull over however it’s just respectful to the family and loved ones. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference.”- Nikki Rico
“My brother was only 10 when he passed away. I don’t remember much about the day & days following. I do not remember the wake, or the funeral. I do remember the man, walking with a heavy backpack stop, removing his cap and place it over his heart while he waited for the procession to end. It is a memory I will carry with me to my own grave. Thank you for sharing this.”- Jessica Trammell
“When my grandma died as we were heading from the funeral to the burial, the highway was undergoing about 5 miles of a widening project. What was so moving is that every piece of equipment stopped and every man working on that project dropped their tools or stepped out of their machine, removed their hard hats and stood at attention as we passed. I’ll never forget it.”-Mark McCain
Of course, with it being social media and all, at least a few people decided that the gesture was unwarranted, saying things like:
“In Texas it’s against the law to pull over. It’s a safety issue. People still do pull over blocking traffic and creating a hazard. In my Horton it simply too dangerous. No use endangering others and someone being harmed. The 1950’s are long gone.”- Allan Clenney
Is there any tradition in your part of the country that people still honor? What do you think of what this soldier did? Please share your thoughts with us here.