Honoring the fallen — this guy is doing it right.
It’s good to see there are still some willing to give this kind of respect to those who served under the flag.
Even when the man being remembered is a perfect stranger.
Here is the text that was posted with that photo:
While in the funeral procession today to Jefferson barracks to lay my grandfather to rest a man driving a truck pulled off and made honor as we all proceeded. Thank you for showing such great honor – I found and got to personally thank this man!! ???? #USN #USNR #WWII#goodgoesaround
The photo was captured along I-70 in St. Louis County, Missouri during the funeral procession form 91 year old Navy veteran Fred Ladage. In the photo, you can see Missouri-based truck driver and army veteran Bradley Faulkner as he pulled his rig over on the side of the interstate and placed his hand over his heart in a gesture of honor and respect for Ladage.
…Just hours after Collins posted the image on Facebook, it had been shared so many times that it reached Faulkner’s wife. The two were able to connect and Faulkner drove out to meet Collins at her home, where they were able to exchange hugs and talk.
Faulkner told news station KSDK, “It doesn’t change or alter your life at all to maybe lift up that one family and say, ‘Hey, in your time of need, I’m here for you whether I know you or not.”
He would never have anticipated that this simple gesture of respect would not only go viral, but it would prompt a swell of appreciation and patriotism among those who saw it.
What a fitting last way for Fred Ladage.
Even in his passing, he managed to bring out the best in his country.
May God Bless and give comfort to Ladage’s family in their loss.
And to Faulker — thank you.
Thank you, not for your service only, but for showing leadership by your honor and respect to another American at a time when so many of us are so very, very divided.