Maryland FedEx Driver Praised for Picking up American Flag Wind Knocked Over

November 30, 2018 Updated: November 30, 2018

A Maryland FedEx driver was being praised for picking up and neatly folding an American flag that was on a flagpole in a woman’s yard.

Heavy winds knocked the flagpole over, causing the flag to touch the ground.

Gail Cook, who owns the house, posted footage from her security camera showing the FedEx driver parking outside her home and trying to raise the flagpole himself. When he figured he couldn’t do that, he removed the flag from the pole, folded it up along with a Baltimore Ravens flag, and placed them in a box on Cook’s porch.

“Today our flag pole broke with the high winds. The FedEx driver saw this when he was driving by and stopped. He not only picked up the flag but folded it properly and put it away safely on our porch. Thanks FedEx!!! I hope he gets the recognition he deserves, I can’t thank him enough!” Cook wrote on Facebook.

CAUGHT ON CAM: A U.S. Marine that now drives for FedEx takes the time to fold and stow an American flag after the wind knocks it over outside a Maryland home. https://cbsloc.al/2rd8dVy“It will be nice to see him get the recognition he deserves,” the homeowner tells WJZ.

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WJZ reported that the driver is a former U.S. Marine.

“It will be nice to see him get the recognition he deserves,” Cook told the broadcaster.

The video footage went viral after Cook and WJZ posted it, prompting thousands of reactions and dozens of comments on Facebook.

“No such thing as former marine….. ‘Once a Marine…….. ALWAYS A MARINE’!!!!!!! Semper Fi,” wrote one user.

“Integrity what you do when no one is watching or at least you think that no one’s watching,” wrote another.

“Thank you for your service we need more ppl like you in this world God bless you,” wrote yet another user.

The flag folding in Maryland came during the same week that a man in Tennessee was captured on a doorbell camera retrieving a flag that harsh winds had blown off a flagpole, neatly folding it, and placing it on a chair on the front porch.

A file photo of a member of the U.S. Army Jump Team displaying the flag while descending over Sebring International Speedway in Florida before a race. (Chris Jasurek/The Epoch Times)

American Flag Facts

Many people enjoy flying the American flag or seeing it flown but some don’t know some interesting facts about the flag.

The flag started with 13 stars in 1777 and gradually expanded over the years before arriving at the current 50 stars on July 4, 1960, according to the Smithsonian Institution.

The flag looked somewhat different over the years until an executive order in June 1912 mandated the order of the stars and proportions of the flag.

“Consequently, flags dating before this period sometimes show unusual arrangements of the stars and odd proportions, these features being left to the discretion of the flag maker. In general, however, straight rows of stars and proportions similar to those later adopted officially were used,” the Smithsonian stated.

A series of executive orders and resolutions, including that one, gradually shaped the flag’s design. The last two were from President Dwight Eisenhower in 1959.

The final one provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically.

From NTD News

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