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97-year-old WWII vet takes a knee to support National Football League players

97-year-old WWII vet takes a knee to support National Football League players

A 97-year-old Second World War veteran took a knee to show his support to the NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

The tweet showing Middlemas kneeling while wearing a WWII veteran hat quickly went viral, collecting more than 132,000 retweets and 349,000 likes on Twitter so far.

Gilmore wrote that his grandfather "has been an ally to the civil rights movement for many years".

The nonagenarian also took aim at Donald Trump after the President leveled a blistering attack against NFL players who choose not to stand for the national anthem. On Sunday, players sat, knelt, raised their fists, or simply waited to come out of the locker room.

Middlemas, who did not vote for Trump, described the President as 'garbage-mouthed'. He adds: "We don't kill people".




"I wanted to communicate what I always told to my grand-kids and everybody else", Middlemas said. "We want to make people live".

"My grandpa, my hero", Brennan Gilmore tweeted on Sunday. 'When they'd go to bed at night, we'd tell the kids we wanted to be like Jesus'.

The Kansas City Star reports Middlemas is a farmer from Willard, Mo. His desire to be inclusive is rooted in his time serving alongside black members of the military while deployed on a submarine.

Trump urged owners to fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem, and he encouraged fans to boycott the games.

"My hand was over my heart because I love this country and I have family members, including my father, who bled for this country, and who continue to serve", Bruce Maxwell, Oakland A's rookie catcher and the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the anthem, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday.


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