His name is Col Jack L. Usrey, Senior Army Advisor, Tennessee Army National Guard. The soldier wanted to put it out there that his home state raised him right. “I also owe it to my parents, Jim and Judy Usrey, from Martin, TN. They taught me to do this from when I have memory.”
“I’m humbled and surprised at the reaction to such a simple gesture. My first thoughts were about how the bad weather can’t be helping how the family feels, and I was hoping my small action would let them know we care.”
Erin Hester from Vine Grove, Kentucky took the photo of a soldier saluting a funeral procession as it drove through her town, just south of Fort Knox. The uniformed soldier was standing at attention outside his Jeep in the pouring rain. She watched as he saluted an oncoming funeral procession. He didn’t return to his vehicle until the last car passed.
“I always get frustrated when I see cars that don’t pull to the side and stop for a procession. This gentleman went above and beyond. I feel pretty confident that there isn’t a military rule that soldiers have to do this.” She posted.
“I never realized the amount of true power social media has until now,” Hester told WHAS 11 News.
I was so completely touched by this today. A funeral procession was passing by and this soldier got out of his jeep to stand at attention in the pouring rain. I always get frustrated when I see cars that don't pull to the side and stop for a procession, but this gentlemen went above and beyond. I feel pretty confident that there isn't a military rule that soldiers have to do this. This made my heart happy to see the amount of respect that this gentleman showed a family that he doesn't even know. #values #respect
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Hester didn’t know who the soldier was and or whose funeral procession passed by, but the soldier’s act of respect created a wave of emotion. WHAS was able to locate the soldier in Hester’s photo.
She was amazed by the actions of the soldier. Most people weren’t even stopping and pulling over to let the procession through the intersection. State law says that those processions must have the right-of-way.
In what seems to be an often selfish world we live in, it is so incredible to see such a selfish act. Kudos to Col Jack L. Usrey for his service as well as his selflessness.