Twitter user Brennan Gilmore tweeted a photo of his 97-year-old grandfather down on one knee saying that the Missouri farmer and World War II veteran wanted to join with those protesting the national anthem.
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.”
— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) September 24, 2017
The man in the photo is John Middlemas, and according to the Springfield News-Leader, he has long been spreading a message of peace and love.
“I wanted to communicate what I always told to my grand-kids and everybody else… when they’d go to bed at night, we’d tell the kids we wanted to be like Jesus,” Middlemas told the News-Leader.
Middlemas said his message stems from serving alongside black service members on a submarine during World War II.
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