One soldier was hailed a hero after he got out of his jeep mid-downpour to salute a passing funeral procession.

The moment was captured by witness Erin Hester when she was driving on her lunch break in her hometown of Vine Grove, Kentucky, (near Fort Knox Army Base). On the busy road, she saw a soldier standing at attention outside his car in the pouring rain.

Despite the weather conditions and halted vehicles nearby, the man paid his respects to a fellow soldier who had been killed in action.

Uploading an emotional photo that has since gone viral, Hester wrote on Facebook: “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,” she continued.

Many commenters have thanked Hester for sharing this moment, and calling this unknown soldier a “class act” and a “hero.”

Aside from the legal obligation, this soldier addressed his moral obligation to pay his respects to his fellow soldier.

In Kentucky, state traffic law states that funeral processions have the right-of-way at intersections when accompanied by flashing lights or an escort.

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