WWII Vet, 97, Takes a Knee to Support NFL Protests

In this photo shared on Twitter on Sept. 24, 2017, World War II Veteran John Middlemas, 97, takes a knee in support of protesting NFL players. Maile Auterson

A photo of a 97-year-old WWII veteran kneeling to show solidarity with protesting NFL players is being shared widely on social media after the vet's grandson posted it to Twitter Sunday.

Brennan Gilmore posted the photo of his grandfather, John Middlemas, around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, before National Football League players knelt during the national anthem, NBC News reported.

“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,’” Gilmore wrote as a caption on the tweet.

As of Monday, the photo had been shared more than 140,000 times and “liked” by more than 377,000 users.

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