Fort Hood soldier Kenneth Varnes was driving through Killeen, Texas, on Friday when he noticed a passing funeral procession. He realized the procession was in honor of a military veteran.
At that moment, Varnes pulled over and exited his truck. Standing in the pouring rain, he saluted the veteran as the funeral procession went by. He stayed until every single patrol car had passed.
Someone was there to snap a photo of the patriotic gesture and it went viral.
He explained the motivation behind his inspiring act in an interview with KWTX-TV:
“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.”
Barnes also said he hoped his recognition helped someone suffering from the loss.
“This is probably going to make someone’s day, seeing me stand here, and I know how it is to go through a tough time like that, and I really just did it just to make someone’s day, that was it,” he added.