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97-year-old WWII vet joins 'take a knee' movement

97-year-old WWII vet joins 'take a knee' movement
97-year-old WWII vet joins 'take a knee' movement
Posted at 10:43 AM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 10:43:00-04

Twitter user Brennan Gilmore tweeted a photo of his 97-year-old grandfather down on one knee saying that the Missouri farmer and World War II veteran wanted to join with those protesting the national anthem.

The man in the photo is John Middlemas, and according to the Springfield News-Leader, he has long been spreading a message of peace and love.

"I wanted to communicate what I always told to my grand-kids and everybody else... when they'd go to bed at night, we'd tell the kids we wanted to be like Jesus," Middlemas told the News-Leader.

Middlemas said his message stems from serving alongside black service members on a submarine during World War II.

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