Roofers pause their work to stand for national anthem, photo goes viral
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- A high school football game has indirectly gone viral yet it has nothing to do with what happened on the field.
Before a game between Old Town High School and Waterville High in Portland, Me., the national anthem was played.
According to eyewitness Michelle Lyons Cossar, someone in the stands said, "Hey, look! They aren't kneeling."
The crowd was referring to a group of roofers working on a house nearby. As the anthem was played and the flag was displayed, the roofers stood on the house they were working on with hands on their hearts.
"I took the photo to capture a moment that tugged on my heart strings," Cossar said. "These men didn't need to stop roofing but they did."
Cossar was able to speak with one of the roofers in the picture, who she refers to as "#classyroofers," before the photo went viral. She believes, "it just showed such class and respect."
Kneeling during the national anthem has become a controversial issue recently. During week 3 of the 2017 NFL season, over 200 players knelt during the national anthem after President Trump called for any player who protests to be fired.
Since that controversy, Trump has changed his stance and says that players should be given suspensions every time they decide to protest.
"The NFL should've suspended some of these players for one game. Not fire them," Trump said. "Suspended them for one game and then if they did it again, it could be one game then two games then three games and then for the season. You wouldn't have people disrespecting our country right now."
Protesting during the national anthem began in the 2016 season with Colin Kaepernick. The quarterback refused to stand as the anthem was sung in order to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice through his protest.
Kaepernick, who hasn't been signed since last season, is currently suing NFL owners accussing them of collusion to keep him out of the game.