97-year-old war veteran takes a knee in response to President Trump’s protest comments

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There’s never an age limit when it comes to fighting for what you believe in. 

Brennan Gilmore tweeted a photo Sunday of his 97-year-old grandfather, John Middlemas, kneeling in support of the #TakeAKnee movement, started by former San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick in 2016 over police violence against African Americans. 

President Donald Trump’s outspoken criticism against athletes who don’t stand up for the national anthem sparked this protest among people like Middlemas in solidarity with NFL athletes who kneeled on the field this weekend. 

“My grandpa is a 97-year-old WWII vet and Missouri farmer who wanted to join with those who #TakeAKnee,” Gilmore tweeted. The World War II veteran told Gilmore, those kids have every right to protest.

The fight against injustice isn’t new for the war vet. In a following tweet Gilmore stated his grandfather was an ally in the civil rights movement and “an amazing man always on the side of justice.” 

He even shared a few old photos of his grandfather in the Navy and as a farmer. 

This viral image sparked tweets from veterans and users alike, praising the war veteran on his stand against the issue and thanking him for his service. The tweet has garnered over 140,000 likes. 

It goes to show a true example of what actually makes America great. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/25/wwii-veteran-take-knee-support-protest/

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