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WWII vet takes a knee in support of protesting athletes

WWII vet takes a knee in support of protesting athletes”

"Those kids have every right to protest", Brennan Gilmore quoted his grandfather, John Middlemas, as saying.

The picture has over 232,000 likes and 91,000 retweets.

"My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join (with) those who #Takeaknee: 'those kids have every right to protest, '" wrote Brennan Gilmore as a caption to the photo of Middlemas.

Middlemas, a farmer from Willard, Missouri, told the publication 'that you have to love everybody'.

'I wanted to communicate what I always told to my grand-kids and everybody else, ' Middlemas said.

The paper reported that Middlemas has always been about the pursuit of justice.

During an interview, Middlemas said his support for National Football League players stems from his service in the military, when he served alongside black members of the military aboard a submarine.

Middlemas added: 'We don't kill people. "We want to make people live".

According to the report, he also participated in a Springfield event called the "Unity March" to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech in 2013. By Monday morning, it had been shared more than 100,000 times.

Middlemas, who did not vote for Trump, described the President as 'garbage-mouthed'. But several others opted to kneel, including many with the Broncos. "Your grandfather is a REAL patriot; I thank him for his service".

Veterans and family members of U.S. Servicemen who support the movement said they are acting out of love to the country.

Several NFL players took a knee during the national anthem before games Sunday in protest of remarks President Donald Trump made at a rally in Alabama on Saturday.



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