Drivers were shocked when they noticed a semi pulling over to the side of the road. The truck driver jumped out the vehicle. He proceeded to put his hand over his heart. What was he doing? He was about to make Internet history.
The driver was an Army veteran who served in Iraq. Bradley Faulkner returned to normal life and found work as a truck driver. Many veterans struggle when they come back home. They suffer from mental and physical injuries. This veteran was fortunate to forged ahead as a husband and bread-winner. He never forgot his patriotism and time in the service.
Because that day he was saluting a funeral procession. But it wasn’t just any funeral. It was for a WWII veteran, who served in the Navy. The photo of his simple act of respect quickly went viral.
From Fox News:
A trucker’s patriotic salute along a Missouri highway went viral over the weekend, Jillian Mele reported Monday morning on “Fox & Friends.”
The driver of the semi-truck, U.S. Army veteran Bradley Faulkner, pulled to the shoulder of I-70, got out of the cab and placed his hand over his heart as a fellow veteran’s funeral procession passed.
The deceased WWII veteran’s granddaughter snapped the photo of Faulkner and posted her gratitude on Facebook.
“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!!” Kristen Collins wrote.
Collins said she later connected with Faulkner, who served in Iraq, after his wife saw the photo.
Fred Ladage served in the Navy and Navy Reserves during WWII. He passed at the ripe old age of 91. His granddaughter snapped the picture of Faulkner, who took a moment out of his day to honor the veteran.
This simple story is a reminder of our shared values and traditions. There is plenty that separate Americans. But we can always look past that to show respect and kindness to our veterans. The men and women who serve in our Armed Forces deserve our respect.
Bradley Faulkner knew this full well. And he was willing to show it to all.