A Marine master sergeant gives his son his first salute upon commissioning as a second lieutenant in a viral video that has amassed over 3 million views on Tik Tok.

“I’ve watched you grow and mature and become the man that you are today,” Master Sergeant Michael Fisher said to his son. “You have always been respectful by saying, ‘Yes, sir, no sir; yes ma’am, no ma’am.’ A salute is a sign of respect. It is a privilege to render you your first salute.”

Fisher raises his right hand to salute his son while holding back tears.

“It’s even a greater honor to say congratulations, sir, for your commission.”

Fisher is an instructor with the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program and his son is now an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

The video was shared to Twitter and it warmed the hearts of many viewers.

Associated Press reporter James LaPorta tweeted the video with the caption, “Master Sgt. Michael Fisher gives his son his first salute upon commissioning as a second lieutenant. A significant moment if you look at the racial diversity within the officer corps of the U.S. military.”

Many were critical of LaPorta’s caption. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said, “This is a significant moment regardless of anyone’s skin color. This is a beautiful and inspiring moment between a father and his son. Gotta love it.”

Special Forces Operator Tim Kennedy also replied to LaPorta, “You are blinded by racism. Don’t ruin this perfect moment.”

“A great moment, tarnished by reducing it to nothing more than a commentary about race,” another user wrote.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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