DAVIDSON COUNTY – The internet is full of viral stories and memes that most of us could do with out, but every now and then we get a heartwarming moment captured on tape that is worthy of a ‘Share.’
Jacob Pope a high school football player from South Davidson High School provided one of those moments when he thought no one was looking. Walking through the parking lot on his way to football practice, with all his gear on, the National Anthem being played before a softball game caught Jacob’s attention. He stopped and put his hand over his heart to honor the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
Unbeknownst to Jacob a teacher noticed him, and snapped his picture. The rest is now internet history of the wholesome variety.
From Fox 8:
“[…] He didn’t know she took the picture. The teacher asked Jacob’s mother for permission before she posted the image to Facebook.
“She wanted to point out what a proud moment and how special he was for doing something like that when no one was looking,” Lauren Pope said.
The post instantly got over a thousand shares and likes. Jacob recited some of the positive comments.
“‘God bless this boy.’ ‘I know he’s been raised right.’ ‘Awesome kid,'” he said. […]”
Jacob’s parents are obviously proud of their boy, as any parent would be when they get word that their child is exhibiting the kind of character they worked hard to instill in them.
For all the talk of younger generations’ lack of respect for American ideals and what they mean, moments like this are a welcome sight.