Cadet at Braves Game Standing in Downpour Gets Shielded by Good Samaritan’s Umbrella

By Daniel Cameron, Epoch Times
January 23, 2019 Updated: January 24, 2019

Never mind the rain, which made this viral photo all the more admirable, the unidentified stranger who was photographed holding an umbrella for a Junior ROTC cadet as he stood in attention is what everyone is talking about.

Although it was a rainy Memorial Day in May 2018 when the photo was taken, this Atlanta Braves game is not going to get old anytime soon.

The photo of the man, with one hand clutching his green backpack, the other his blue umbrella, has immortalized what became the highlight of this baseball game.

The powerful photo was posted on Braves’s Twitter account with the caption RESPECT.

He could have just noticed the young cadet and looked away. But he didn’t.

The man in the red rain jacket, who stands solemnly beside the cadet and a plaque dedicated to Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, has demonstrated an act of utmost respect for his country and fellow countrymen.

“Since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for,” reads the plaque.

“This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and woman and to the sacrifices made in serving this country.”

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According to CBS, The Braves dedicated the chair to Suntrust Park in 2017 to recall all those servicemen and women who remain unaccounted for since World War I.

Though the man has not been identified, and probably never will be, his actions at SunTrust Park’s memorial speak volumes of the kind of person he is, for depicted here is an act that is motivated not by name, but by solid patriotism.

His face may be obscured by his hat brim, but the outstretched rained-upon arm says it all. This is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, and he has inspired a countless many people online who’ve seen this photo.

Since then, the post has received over 19,000 likes and been shared more than 6,000 times.

“We don’t know your name but that is a class act, Thank you!” wrote one netizen.

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“Wow. This is beautiful on a LOT of different levels,” writes one very impressed individual.

Surely the photo that depicted kindness on a whole new level had nothing to do with the game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets that day.

“The JROTC student is still just a service-member-in training, but the respect he received on Memorial Day foreshadows the same respect he will receive as a Marine.”

Illustration – Shutterstock | Neil Lockhart

According to WSBTV, the JROTC member is from Parkview High School, and the honoring of the chair took place during the third inning.

So, what were your first thoughts upon seeing the photo?