The photo of John Middlemas was posted to Twitter by a younger relative at about 9:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, a few hours before numerous National Football League players knelt while the national anthem was played.
More than 200 NFL players kneeled or sat down while the national anthem played during Sunday's football games, according to the Associated Press. Gilmore quoted his grandfather in the caption and wrote: "Those kids have every right to protest".
"I wanted to communicate what I always told to my grandkids and everybody else", he said. "We don't kill people".
We just want to say thank you to Grandpa John for his service and his understanding.
Brennan Gilmore tweeted the photo of his grandpa, John Middlemas, on Twitter Sunday morning and it has since been retweeted 147,000 times and "liked" almost 387,000 times.
Middlemas said he hopes the whole world-and President Trump-sees his message.More news: Star Trek: Discovery opening credits are unlike any you've seen
After a family discussion about Mr. Trump's view that players who kneel during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" should be fired, Middlemas decided to make a statement.
The paper reported that Middlemas has always been about the pursuit of justice.
One of the responses from someone not-so-famous is getting a lot of attention.
"My grandpa, my hero", Brennan Gilmore tweeted on Sunday. 'When they'd go to bed at night, we'd tell the kids we wanted to be like Jesus'.
Middlemas made no bones about his dislike of President Donald Trump, calling him "garbage mouthed".
"I think a World War II veteran has the moral authority to speak more than basically anyone about what our veterans fought for". Some kneeled during the national anthem, while others locked arms.