The flag of the United States of America is a symbol known around the world. To many, it signifies freedom and the values they hold so close to their hearts. It is also a reminder of the men and women who fought and died for the country.
Because of its significance, the American flag should be treated with respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. However, on Memorial Day on Monday (May 31), a veteran in Texas stepped up to protect that symbol.
According to News 12 in Texas, United States Marine Corps veteran Kevin White was driving on Highway 75 when he spotted something in the road.
“I thought it was a T-shirt or something then I thought ‘maybe that was a flag, man that’s messed up,'” White told the news outlet.
As a proud American, White then decided he had to do something to save the flag. So, he turned around and went back to get the flag out of the road. After he picked it up, he proudly waved it as other cars passed by. The veteran then stored it in his vehicle for safe keeping.
“I’m a Marine Corps veteran, I was like I’m not going to have the flag just sitting here on the highway,” White also said.
As he put the symbol of America in his vehicle, White taped a special message to his fellow veterans.
“Love you guys, thanks for serving. It’s a horrible way for the American flag to get treated here on the highway. Love you guys,” White said in the message.
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Saving the flag on Monday wasn’t just about saving a symbol of the country he served for Kevin White. It was also about honoring those who lost their lives in service to the United States of America.
“I had buddies I ended up serving with that didn’t make it back home and it’s just an emotional day,” White also said. “Luckily there wasn’t a whole lot of traffic so I stopped and grabbed the flag.”
White served in the Marine Corps from 2003 until 2007. He was based in Hawaii and worked as a rescue specialist and aircraft firefighter.
Fox News also reported that the United States Flag Code provides guidance on how the American flag should be treated. The code states that “no disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America.”
The code also says that it “should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.”