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Photo of Kentucky soldier giving funeral procession solemn salute goes viral

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Courtesy Erin Hester of Vine Grove, Ky. Courtesy Erin Hester of Vine Grove, Ky.

VINE GROVE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A picture of a soldier in Kentucky honoring funeral procession with a solemn salute is going viral. 

Erin Hester lives in Vine Grove, Kentucky, which is near Fort Knox.  She posted the photo to Instagram and Facebook of the soldier's touching tribute on July 6.

She writes about how touched she was to see the soldier get out of his jeep, stand at attention and salute the passing hearse in the pouring rain. Hester noted her frustration at seeing drivers who don't pull over to allow a funeral procession to pass.

"This made my heart happy to see the amount of respect that this gentleman showed a family that he doesn't even know," she wrote. 

The photo has been shared more than 120,000 times. It is not known who the soldier is or what moved him to stop and pay tribute. 

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