MUST WATCH: World War II veteran surprised by runners’ show of respect

SAN JOSE, Calif. (CNN) – Honoring veterans across the country is not a new idea but that recognition usually comes on Veterans’ Day or the Fourth of July.

Recently, a community honored one of their own and completely took him by surprise.

A World War II veteran, who is well-known in his San Jose community, was taken by surprise while he was cheering on a group of runners.

Dressed in his full uniform, 95-year-old Joe Bell clapped and cheered as the runners made their way past his house.

As he clapped, they would clap and cheer back at him.

Eventually, the participants ran onto the sidewalk to shake his hand and thank him for his service.

The show of respect was captured by Julia Prodis Sulek with the San Jose Mercury News.

Bell is well-known in the community and the touching video has since gone viral.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Tillman was a former NFL player and Army Ranger who died serving in Afghanistan.