A photo of a Louisiana high school football player rushing to greet veterans during halftime of a game has gone viral.
A handful of veterans who served in either World War II or the Korean War gathered as honored guests at the Parkway High football stadium in Bossier City, La., last Thursday, according to KSLA12. Just as the team was about to hit the field for the second half, player Chase Hill broke away from his teammates to shake the hand of every elderly veteran lined-up on the sidelines watching the game.
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The Bossier Parish Police first posted the now-viral picture to Facebook on Friday, adding the caption, “When the Parkway football players were returning to the field to start the 2nd half, Chase Hill, #83, sneaked from the pack, bee-lined it to this group, and shook every one of these veteran’s hand. CLASS ACT BY THIS YOUNG MAN!”
The photo has since received more than 6,000 Facebook likes from people across the country, and more than 2,000 shares since Friday. Most commenters praised the high schooler, and were heartened to see such a young man who respects people who served the country. (RELATED: On-Duty Cop Booted From Olive Garden For Carrying Police-Issued Gun)
“I love this. He is a great young man,” Janet Darlene Chisum Smallwood said in the comment section of the photo. “We live in a world where the police and military are demonized and it is great to see someone that has the character to recognize the service of these honorable men/women.”