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'Let's stop all the division': In heated election season, friends share message of unity

"We can still be friends and have differences of opinion. I'm trying to teach my children this, too."

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In a contentious election year, on top of a worldwide pandemic, a Georgia man has taken to social media to remind Americans that we all can get along and respect one another, no matter who we're voting for on Election Day.

Patrick Underwood and Frank Scozzafva
Patrick Underwood

Patrick Underwood, of Hinesville, took a photo with his longtime friend and neighbor Frank Scozzafva. Underwood is seen holding a sign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden while Scozzafva holds a sign endorsing Republican President Donald Trump.

The photo garnered widespread attention after it was posted to Facebook.

"I love this," one person commented.

"This is how everyone should be!" said another.

The two have been friends 30 years, since Underwood was a child and his dad was stationed at Fort Stewart.

Fast forward several years and the two became neighbors.

"Me and Frank always talk politics," Underwood said. "I just got so frustrated when I saw people bashing Trump supporters all the time, calling them not good people."

Then one day, he spotted Scozzafva at a gas station and had an idea. The two briefly took off their COVID-19 masks to each hold a sign supporting their presidential candidate.

The message was clear: there is more that unites us than divides us.

"Let's stop all the division," Underwood said. "We can still be friends and have differences of opinion. I'm trying to teach my children this, too."