A United States flag was torn as the aggressive winds picked up and Hurricane Florence rolled to the east coast, but it stood strong — and now, a company is offering to replace the shredded American flag once the storm calms.
The flag stood mighty at an old Coast Guard tower, converted into a bed and breakfast, about 32 miles off the North Carolina coast.
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As the Explore.org live camera captured the storm rolling in, another camera was located on the Frying Pan Tower, which captured the American flag’s battle against the storm.
The owner, Richard Neal, initially received many angry phone calls from veterans.
“They told me, ‘this is disrespectful,’ and that I need to get out there and replace the flag right then,” Neal told McClatchy. “In the hurricane.”
Richard Neal: “What we wanted to do when we put it up there is say nothing more than, ‘this is America, we are proud of it and we go through storms together and we survive.’” https://t.co/9vwwKL9WfW pic.twitter.com/3Pc0mSCuEY
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“With respect, we will retire and replace it next trip. We see the tears and know that good men and women fought for America and are honored to fly Old Glory,” Neil wrote on the company’s Facebook page.
Hey folks, the last time we were out we put up a new flag. With respect, we will retire and replace it next trip. We see…
Neal, however, began receiving questions about how the flag was doing.
“A group of kids watching took to calling the flag ‘Kevin,’” Neal told McClatchy. “They wanted to know how Kevin is doing, if Kevin is going to make it.”
If you have been following the chatter it seems someone decided to name our flag “Kevin”. Well, if so then Old Glory is…
During the storm, Neil repositioned the live camera so that the flag was no longer in the shot, but “it was then that I realized that you can’t make everyone happy, so I moved the feed back to showing the flag again.”
“Because even if it was against flag protocol, that flag represents who we are as America,” Neil said. “We get beat up, battered during hard times, but we stay up, stay at it through the storm.”
Watch Neil explain the situation below:
Richard Neal, owner of storm-battered Frying Pan Tower, chats about how Hurricane Florence has affected the tower and his future plans for the weathered American flag.
Posted by Frying Pan Tower on Friday, September 14, 2018
The company Flag and Banner offered to donate a new American flag after the video of the torn flag amid the hurricane received millions of views.
“Many many thanks for FLAG sponsor,” Neil wrote in a Facebook post, “who is stepping up to help the tower with new flags.”
Many many thanks for FLAG sponsor https://www.flagandbanner.com/ who is stepping up to help the tower with new flags!…
For those who have asked, Old Glory from hurricane Florence will be brought to shore and respectfully given to the…
Others also offered to donate an American flag to Frying Pan Tower.
“Please send us your mailing address. We would like to send you a new US Flag. Stay safe out there! From the: All American Flag Company, South Elgin, IL. 60177,” one person wrote in a comment.
Another offered to take in the torn flag, retire it and frame it: “If you send it to Troop 523 @ St Luke UMC in Hartsville, SC, we will gladly respectfully retire the flag for you.”