Maine roofers go viral after stopping work to stand for the national anthem

Aris Folley, AOL.com

A photo of three roofers from Maine interrupting their labor to stand for the national anthem on Saturday has quickly gone viral online.

The image, which was originally posted on Facebook by user Michelle Lyons Cossar, shows the three standing atop a roof with their hands on their chest and gazes fixed ahead as "The Star Spangle Banner" played in a field nearby where a high school football game was about to take place.


“Standing for the National Anthem at the Old Town Waterville football game today and from behind the stands we hear, 'Hey, look! They aren't kneeling’,” Cossar wrote in the photo caption. “When I turn to see who said it, this is what I saw...three men roofing a house and respecting the flag.”

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Cossar, who was attending the game to show support for her nephew, took a photo of the brief moment and posted it online.

"I just thought the world could use a little more of that right now," Cossar continued.

According to Cossar, the three men in the photo are Dwayne Harrison, Danny Thyng, and James Scruggs.

Harrison, who is pictured on the far right end of the picture, told FOX News he felt standing for the anthem was the “right thing to do.” 

“It is a respect thing for myself -- we did not do this to prove a point,” Harrison said.

The photo, which has since been shared over 2,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon, has been used to symbolize one side of the heated nationwide debate surrounding anthem protests.

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At a time when the choice of whether or not to stand during the national anthem is becoming increasingly politicized, the image has gone viral, with just weeks separating its online debut and President Trump calling NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem disrespectful “sons of b------.”