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US Marine Veteran Folds Fallen US Flag While Completing Delivery Route

US Marine Veteran Folds Fallen US Flag While Completing Delivery Route

The veteran said he 'was just doing what was right'

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

A delivery man in the US is being widely praised after a home surveillance video showed him getting out of his truck to fold up a fallen US flag.

The flag pole had fallen across the path of Gail Cook's house in Ferndale on Wednesday following strong winds, which is ironic (gales toppled Gail's flag).

Marine veteran, Mike King, subsequently took it upon himself to fold up the flag and put it in a box on the porch - stopping at the house to do so even though he wasn't making a delivery there.

Having watched back her security footage to see what happened to the flag, Gail felt inclined to share it in a post on Facebook.

The marine veteran carefully folded up the fallen flag.
Nest/Gail Cook

The post read: "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!!! I hope he gets the recognition he deserves, I can't thank him enough!"

Speaking to CNN, she added: "He stopped and took time out of what (is) surely one of his busiest delivery weeks to pick up our flags and fold them and place them safely on a box that was on our porch.

"(It) says a lot when you do something for the right reasons and not just (because) someone is watching."

The video has since been shared widely and Mr King has received the recognition Gail wished for him.

His employer, FedEx, praised him in a statement that read: "FedEx Ground is proud of the many contributions our team members and vendors make to our local communities every day.

'We commend the patriotic actions of Mike King, a service provider employee who went above and beyond to properly care for a fallen American flag while on his route."

The Twittersphere has also been glowing with praise for Mr King - with some even suggesting his employers should give him a pay rise.

Commenting on Gail's Facebook post, Mr King said: "Just doing what was right. It's the Marine way, would have done better justice for Lady glory if the wind wasn't gusting at 50 lol ... I couldn't just drive by and do nothing."

Featured Image Credit: Nest/Gail Cook

Topics: News, US News