Chris Ellenburg, a disabled U.S. veteran, was on his way home from work Monday afternoon when he saw something in the road that immediately caught his attention.
It was an American flag, torn and tattered, being run over with reckless abandon by motorists traveling the busy road. This was something Ellenburg just couldn’t stand for, so he decided to take action.
In a day and age when Old Glory is constantly disrespected by an ungrateful generation of socialist degenerates, it’s refreshing to see someone actually honor the flag and the nation it represents.
“I honestly could not believe it,” Ellenburg said. “I figured it was normal trash, but as soon as I saw the flag open up as it flipped over into my lane, I knew.”
Ellenburg was heated. He immediately pulled over and hopped out of his truck to rescue the tattered flag that was being run over by other drivers.
“You’re dang right I stopped traffic,” Ellenburg said. “And there were still disrespectful people driving by as I had this flag, picking it up off the ground in the middle of a freaking road.”
He said some drivers even honked at him to get out of the way.
As a disabled Army veteran, Ellenburg was trained to leave no man behind. He sees his fellow soldiers each time he looks at the flag.
“It wasn’t for myself, it was really for my buddies that died that I felt more disrespected for it,” Ellenburg said.
The flag itself was in pretty rough shape. It was covered in tire marks, holes, and torn stripes. Despite it’s condition, Ellenburg still considers the banner to be a prized possession.
“It may not have been to war, it may not have been in combat, it may not have flown over a military base,” Ellenburg said. “It may have just flown over somebody’s backyard, but it’s going to be honored for what it stands for.”
Ellenburg said he plans to properly retire the flag by burning it on Thursday evening.
Just in case you were wondering what kind of fellow this Ellenburg guy is, he also runs a nonprofit organization called “Over the Edge” which takes veterans and active duty soldiers out on hunting trips at no cost to them.
Our flag is more than a piece of cloth. It represents the ideals and values that have made America the greatest nation on earth. It also represents the sacrifices of the millions of Americans who have shed their blood, either on the battlefield or in some other capacity in the armed service, to protect those same values from destruction.
In short, it deserves the utmost respect, and that’s exactly what it’s getting from Ellenburg.
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