3 roofers set hammers aside to stand for National Anthem in Maine

Three men stand on roof Saturday as the National Anthem plays at high school football game.

(CNN) — As the Waterville, Maine, High School football players took the field on Saturday and everyone in the stands rose for the National Anthem, a buzz went through the crowd.

“Hey, look. They’re not kneeling.”

Michelle Lyons Cossar turned around and spotted three men atop a roof adjacent to the field standing with their hands on their chest.

“When I looked over the fence, I saw them standing and respecting the flag even though they didn’t have to,” she said.

Cossar, who was at the game to cheer on her nephew, snapped a quick photo and posted it to Facebook.

“I just thought the world could use a little more of that right now.”

Amid the continued National Anthem protests involving the NFL, the three men stopped working on the home’s roof to join the football players and fans in standing for the pregame ritual.

“They had no idea anyone even noticed, but our community did,” Shanon Gurski Dixon told CNN affiliate WMTW.

Since Cossar posted the image it has been shared nearly 700 times. A repost by WMTW’s reporter David Charns has been shared more than 1,400 times.

“All I did was snap the picture. They did the amazing thing of standing,” said Cossar.