The roofers were working when they paused to stand for the national anthem being played at the local football game.
Three roofers working on a house in Waterville, Maine paused on Saturday while the national anthem played at a nearby high school.
A photo, taken of the event, shows the three men standing on the roof of a home with their hands over their chests. The men could hear the national anthem due to their job sites proximity to the local Waterville High School.
“They had no idea anyone even noticed but our community did,” neighbor Shanon Gurski Dixon told the local WMTW News 8. “Several people had taken pictures of this patriotic act of kindness.”
“Our little city would love to have them recognized,” she said, before the photo went viral.
Michelle Lyons Cossar, who took the photo, was attending the high school football game that played the anthem. She said she noticed the roofers when someone pointed out that they weren’t kneeling.
“When I looked over the fence, I saw them standing and respecting the flag even though they didn’t have to,” she told WMTW News 8.
Cossar posted the photo on Facebook, where it has since gone viral.
The men all work for a roofing company based out of Oakland, Maine, but were doing independent work when they stopped for the anthem.
Dixon told the local news that she hopes a national personality, like Ellen Degeneres, will notice the photo and give the men the recognition they deserve.
The photo comes out amid a national debate over the proper way to act during the national anthem.
Last month, football players across the nation knelt in protest during the national anthem, sparking people nationwide to take a stance on the issue. Since then, everyone from the president to World War II veterans have made their opinions known.
However, Cossar said she shared her photo not to spark debate, but to recognize an act of respect.
“I just thought the world could use a little more of that right now,” she said.
Next, read about the WWII veteran who took a knee in support of the NFL protests. Then, read about the Indians who were arrested for not standing during their national anthem.