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‘Vigilant’ and ‘gracious’ police officer acts when she notices a fallen American flag. She didn’t know, but it was caught on video.

A police officer in Peoria, Arizona, noticed a fallen American flag while on patrol in the wee hours of the morning last week, and she acted. She didn’t know it, but her patriotic action was caught on camera.

The Peoria Police Department’s Officer Montes, a military veteran, saw a wind-damaged American flag lying on the ground at 3:23 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 9, FOX 10 Phoenix reported. So she picked the flag up, rolled it around the attached pole, and left it on the doorstep for the owner to find later that day.

It was all caught on video by a Ring doorbell camera, and the video was shared by the Peoria Police Department’s Twitter account.

In a note shared with the police department, the flag’s owner thanked Officer Montes.

“I don’t know who she was, but a Peoria PD Officer on watch came to my house at 3:23am this morning. I have her on Ring video,” the note reads. “My American flag had apparently separated from it’s mount during the wind last night, she was vigilant and noticed, and she was gracious enough to roll it up and leave it by my garage door. If she’s reading this, thank you and much respect.”

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Air Force veteran ordered to remove American flag face covering for grocery store job — but he’s not having any of it

Air Force veteran Gary Dean told WCTI-TV he’d been wearing his American flag face covering for his job at the Food Lion in Havelock, North Carolina, without any problems for months.

Image source: WCTI-TV video screenshot

But Dean said a manager informed him Tuesday afternoon out of the blue that his patriotic face covering was verboten — specifically because it showed the stars and stripes, the station said.

“Apparently corporate came down and said ‘somebody was offended by the image of the American flag on the face covering,'” Dean recalled to WCTI.

Image source: WCTI-TV video screenshot

But the station said the 69-year-old military vet wasn’t having any of it — and Dean quit.

‘Out of principle’

“As a veteran, my dad being a World War II hero, my best friend killed in Vietnam, out of respect for them I can’t just say … ‘I’ll take my flag and put it in my pocket,'” he told the station, noting such a concession would be against his values. “I had to quit, out of principle.”

Dean added that it also was shocking that the sight of an American flag would be offensive to anyone, particularly in a military town, WCTI noted.

“Why would anybody for any reason be offended by the American flag, the stars and stripes?” he asked the station.

What did Food Lion have to say?

WCTI said it reached out to Food Lion, and the company replied that while it respects the American flag, corporate policy “prohibits associates from wearing clothing with writing, insignia, or symbols.”

Image source: WCTI-TV video screenshot

Here’s the company’s full statement via the station:

At Food Lion, we have great respect for the American flag. Like many other organizations, we also have policies that guide the attire and conduct of associates in the workplace. As part of our effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the well-being of our associates and customers, we’ve required associates to either wear reusable face masks provided by Food Lion or choose to wear a different face covering while working. However, all face coverings must adhere to standards set by the company and communicated to each of our more than 77,000 associates. The policy prohibits associates from wearing clothing with writing, insignia or symbols. The dress code is meant to ensure a consistent and professional representation of our associates inside of our stores.

But WCTI noted that the Havelock store does feature reserved parking spaces for military veterans marked with American flags.

‘An emotional subject for me’

Dean told the station he served in the Air Force from 1970 to 1976: “Four of those were active, two of those were inactive reserve.”

But while many years have passed since then, he keeps those memories alive in his home, which is full of patriotic objects. Dean showed a reporter from the station a photo album of images from when he was in the service — and some of them aren’t easy for Dean to revisit.

Image source: WCTI-TV video screenshot

“That’s my friend who was killed in Vietnam, he was a ranger,” he told WCTI, pointing at a picture of himself and another man. “David Toler. Got shot right through the heart, they brought him home. That’s an emotional subject for me. When you lose a friend that is fighting for your freedoms, you get angry.”

Image source: WCTI-TV video screenshot

Dean added to the station, “You get very angry when people disrespect the flag.”

He also told WCTI that the American flag face covering he was using is a print and wants to make sure it’s clear he wasn’t using an actual American flag to cover his face. But while he’s not angry at the store managers, Dean is still perplexed at why it was so offensive.

“I love this country,” he told the station. “I love that my dad went off and fought for my country, nearly got killed for this country but came back and raised a family.”

Image source: WCTI-TV video screenshot

“I love everything about that flag,” Dean told WCTI. “So, yeah, that is my priority.”

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Antifa protesters allegedly attack veteran in wheelchair — then learn lesson they will never forget

Antifa protesters in Colorado learned a lesson on Saturday that they will never forget: Don’t attack a man in a wheelchair.

According to the Rocky Mountain Collegian, a pro-police rally in Fort Collins turned violent when Antifa protesters, wearing their signature black-clad outfits, attempted to crash a “Back the Blue” rally being held outside the Fort Collins Police Services building.

Video of the incident, which gained attention online, showed that pro-police demonstrators responded by forcing the Antifa protesters away through a nearby neighborhood.

“So, we are currently marching the Antifa commie bas****s out of the neighborhood because nobody wants Antifa in the neighborhood. Nobody wants them here, so we’re marching them out,” the man who recorded the video said.

As pro-police demonstrators continued to force out the Antifa protesters, whom they labeled “commie scum,” violence suddenly ensued. The video shows the pro-police demonstrators and the Antifa protesters brawl in a small ditch, with the pro-police demonstrators getting the better end of the Antifa protesters.

A man with a bullhorn announced, “You guys came to the wrong city, boys and girls.”

(Content Warning: The following video contains strong language):

Police then arrived and broke up the brawl.

Witnesses confirmed that the Antifa protesters allegedly attacked a veteran in a wheelchair, triggering the brawl.

“How you like that? Communists going after dudes in wheelchairs,” the man behind the camera said in a second video.

Fort Collins Police Services spokesperson Kate Kimble confirmed that police made three arrests and issued one situation as a result of the violence.

From the Rocky Mountain Collegian:

The Larimer County booking report shows two arrests made by officer Christopher Young and one arrest made by officer Jason Haferman. All three people arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, one person with an additional charge of possession of an illegal weapon and one with an additional charge of resisting arrest.

“We respect everyone’s right to peacefully assemble to voice their concerns,” Kimble said. “For the safety of our community, acts of violence, destruction of property and other unlawful behavior will not be tolerated.”

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A 95-year-old veteran battled coronavirus and won: ‘I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this bulls**t’

A 95-year-old veteran from Oregon has recovered after contracting COVID-19, and his granddaughter is sharing his story to inspire others.

Bill Kelly, who lived through the Great Depression and served in the South Pacific during World War II, fought his latest battle two weeks ago after falling ill from the coronavirus, the Oregonian reported.

On March 15, Kelly informed his family that he wasn’t feeling well after he started experiencing fever symptoms. Due to several underlying health conditions — such as kidney disease, a congenital heart condition, and high blood pressure — his family elected to take him to the hospital for treatment and testing.

Two days later, the test results came back positive — Kelly had contracted COVID-19.

Kelly had left the hospital a day earlier and was instructed to quarantine at home for 14 days along with family members who live with him. Kelly shares a home with his granddaughter, her mother, her husband, and their two small children, who are 5 years old and 11 months old.

“Grandpa Bill’s pretty hardcore,” his granddaughter, Rose Etherington, 41, told the Oregonian. “But it was still nerve-wracking. We were just drinking hot tea all the time. Taking zinc. Washing our hands constantly.”

For the first week, the family was told to avoid Kelly, who was cooped up in his room resting, praying, and watching old movies. When Kelly did come out of his room, the family made sure to disinfect any surface he touched.

“It was seven days where we treated the poor guy like a leper,” Rose’s husband, Isaac Etherington, 42, said.

But Kelly kept in good spirits: “We’re doing just fine here. We’re toughing it out. I’ve got two great-grandsons to keep me busy. I’ve been very fortunate.”

On Monday, he completed his 14-day quarantine and had fully recovered.

In a Facebook post during the quarantine, Rose Etherington shared the family’s experience in order to give hope to others who may be battling the virus.

“MY 95 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER CONTRACTED THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND IS KICKING IT IN THE BUTT!!” the post reads. “In his words — ‘I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this [coronavirus] bull**** .'”

Etherington was careful to note that she is “in no way downplaying the seriousness of this disease. It’s real and it’s here and it needs to be respected,” she said. “Just hoping grandpa Bill’s story will encourage you and put a smile on your face.”

She also added that the rest of the family remained healthy through the quarantine.

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‘An American patriot’: WWII veteran gets carried to his seat and honored by President Trump at Arizona rally

A World War II veteran was given a hero’s welcome at a “Keep America Great” rally for President Donald Trump in Arizona on Wednesday, when he was carried by fellow attendees to his seat and honored by the commander in chief when the president spoke on stage.

What are the details?

Reporter Kari Lake from
KSAZ-TV posted a video online showing two men giving the hero a careful lift to his seat ahead of President Trump’s speech at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The crowd chanted “USA! USA!” and cheered as the veteran was carried to the front row of the venue where he could see.

Lake added, “Got to admit I got a lump in my throat.”

The precious cargo was later identified
by the Trump campaign as 100-year-old Navy veteran Ervin Julian, and the president of the United States did not allow Mr. Julian to go unnoticed.

During President Trump’s speech, he honored Mr. Julian before the inside audience of an estimated 20,000 people, thanking Mr. Julian before the veteran was lifted up by the men who had carried him to his place of prominence. The crowd roared and chanted again as the president faced Mr. Julian and continued to clap for the World War II veteran.

The president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., then approached Mr. Julian and the men assisting him, shaking each of their hands and giving them hats.

“I want to thank you, really,”‘ President Trump said to Mr. Julian, adding, “Thank you for the great job you’ve done. An American patriot.”

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