Sometimes it takes witnessing something in real life to realize just how out of control a situation is. We can talk the talk all we want and hear the complaints in the media, but the extremity of a situation is sometimes not revealed until you see something very symbolic right before your very eyes.
When Jack Gridley was heading west on I-80 through Omaha, Nebraska, he had an AHA moment. Out of the corner of his eye he saw something red, white and blue on the side of the road. He instincts led him to pull over and confirm what it was. He had his guesses but he was hoping he was wrong. Sure enough, it was a crumpled up American flag tossed on the side of the road like a piece of trash.
While most Americans would keep driving, Gridley stopped and proudly collected the flag. He then hung it from the side of his tractor trailer truck, showing the world how dedicated of a citizen he is. “The flag is a representation of our country and the men and women who sacrificed their lives past, present and future,” said Gridley.
While he hopes to find out the story behind why the flag was tossed aside, he has summed it up to the sad fact that people don’t take pride in America like they used to. “It’s crumbling before our eyes because most don’t care,” he said.
As an American it should be our duty to fly our flags high with pride, not toss them on the side of the road like a piece of trash.
Gridley shared his story on Facebook for the world to see. He included the following post and photo…
“Today I was driving west on I-80 just west of Omaha when I seen this American flag on the side of the interstate, sitting in the grass all balled up like a piece of trash with everyone just passing it by. To me it was like a man down, and you don’t leave a man behind. I quickly turned this truck around and it became a search and rescue. I was gonna rescue that flag from the disrespect of laying on the ground. Because what I seen was a representation of our country, the men and women who sacrificed their lives past, present and future to protect it and ensure we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Gridley went on to say that he immediately thought of his wife, kids and grandkids when he finally got the flag in his hands. He thought about the opportunities that they had and the choices they were able to make on their own free will.
He closed the post by saying…
“I’m not rich, far from it, but it is what it is, and I am what I am because I am an American.”
He created the hashtag #savetheflag in hopes of getting fellow proud Americans to help him spread the word, and so far everyone is listening to his story.