Moving Photo Shows Atlanta Braves Fan Shielding JROTC Member from Rain
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.
- 2018 May 29
A powerful image is capturing attention today. The photo shows a fan at the Atlanta Braves game at SunTrust park holding an umbrella over a JROTC cadet while it rained.
The JROTC member, dressed in uniform, was standing near the Braves’ POW-MIA Chair of Honor at the ballpark. The fan, dressed in a red raincoat, shielded the service member from the rain during Monday’s Memorial Day game between the Braves and the New York Mets.
The photo was shared by the Braves and captioned with the word “Respect.” The image quickly received attention for the moving gesture of honor to a service member, especially on Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor those who serve the nation.
Respect. pic.twitter.com/wRe9T5bwYU— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 28, 2018
A Braves fan also posted the photo from another angle, captioning her photo: “They sacrifice so much for us, we can sacrifice for them too!!!”
Fox News reports that the plaque near the Chair of Honor where the JROTC member was standing was dedicated at the ballpark last year and reads:
“Since World War I more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and women and to the sacrifice they made in serving this country.”
Photo courtesy: Twitter/Atlanta Braves
Publication date: May 29, 2018