Kenneth Varnes, a construction engineering soldier assigned to Fort Hood, went out from his vehicle in the pouring rain and stood at attention, saluting the fallen veteran and the family members in the parade when he noticed a funeral procession approaching him as he drove along Highway. He knew that it is a veteran’s funeral through the flags on the vehicles’ windows.
Zachary Rummings took a photo of the soldier standing in the rain to honor a fellow veteran and posted it to Facebook.
“He stood in the rain the entire time and saluted. Hats off and respect to that young man. Thank you,” Rummings wrote.
He also asked if anyone recognized the soldier and to let him know who it was so that he could tag him in the picture.
After Rummings’ posted the photo, Varnes began receiving messages on social media informing him the photo, KWTX CBS10 reported.
The photo went viral so Kenneth Varnes was tracked down. He said he was on Highway 195 in Killeen, Texas when he saw a funeral procession passing by. At first, he thought nothing of it, and then he realized it was for a fallen hero.
He told the reporter that after recognizing it as a veteran’s funeral procession, he did not think twice about his next move. Without even knowing whose funeral was driving by, Varnes honored his fellow vet.
Varnes said he hoped his patriotic gesture would make someone’s day: “I know how it is to go through a tough time like that.”
He also told KWTX , “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,” it’s brotherhood.”
The photo went viral on social media. After posting it on his Facebook page, there are many positive and inspiring comments received.
Kenneth Varnes, Sr., expressed his pride in his young soldier son.