Social media users were in awe of the photo showing a Braves fan holding an umbrella for a JROTC member. The Atlanta Braves tweeted the word ‘respect’ together with the photo.
On Memorial Day, the sports team shared an image of a fan wearing a raincoat and holding up his umbrella for a Parkview High School U.S. Marine Corps JROTC member.
The student was standing at attention as they gave tribute to the POW-MIA Chair of Honor in the third inning at the Braves-Mets game at SunTrust Park.
The chair remained unoccupied to make people remember that our soldiers, who may have been prisoners of war or declared missing-in-action, are still with us even though they are no longer physically present.
At the ceremony, the JROTC member stood next to the chair in the rain. At that moment, the fan wearing the red raincoat took his umbrella and held it above the student to prevent him from getting soaked.
The photo posted by the Atlanta Braves’ official Twitter account went viral and social media users have been applauding the man for his kind gesture.
One fan, who shared a photo with a different angle of the scene, wrote, ‘They sacrifice so much for us, we can sacrifice for them too!’ and added the hashtag #RespectOurMilitary.
Another fan, Joanne Parish, wrote, ‘This is the best picture of the year, and possibly of many, many years. God bless our military and those who honor them.’
‘Thank You for helping other Americans learn about respecting those who fight to protect those who can’t fight for themselves,’ said another.