An active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, pulled over for the funeral procession for a veteran and ended up causing an internet sensation when someone snapped a photograph of what he did.
Kenneth Varnes said he was driving north on Highway 195 in Killeen, Texas, when he saw a funeral procession on the other side of the highway.
After pulling over, he realized the procession was for a fallen veteran, so he got out of his truck and saluted — in the pouring rain.
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Varnes said it was important for him to salute the veteran.
“I don’t care if they were 80 years old, they were in World War II, they were in Vietnam, they were in Iraq, I don’t care if they were 20,” Varnes told Inside Edition.
“It’s a brotherhood,” he added.
Varnes added that while the rain was pouring when he got out of his truck, it let up within a few seconds while he saluted.
“As soon as I got back in the truck, it poured again, which was really cool,” the soldier said.
“This is probably going to make someone’s day, seeing me stand here, and I know how it is to go through a tough time like that, and I really just did it just to make someone’s day, that was it,” Varnes told KWTX.
Varnes made more than one person happy with what he did that day, as the image of his salute in the rain has been shared hundreds of times.
American Military News reported that Zachary Rummings was the resident who snapped the photograph of Varnes and shared it on social media, asking if anyone knew who the soldier was.
It didn’t take long for locals to identify Varnes, and the rest they say, is history.
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