A former Navy SEAL went above and beyond to adjust an American flag improperly hung from a pole in his community.
Dom Raso had just finished up his 3.5-mile morning run when he noticed that the flag flying at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Navy SEAL monument was dangling from just one hook, so he shimmied his way up the pole to correct it.
Raso is a former SEAL Team 6 operative who retired from the Navy in 2012 and works for the Dynamis Alliance self-defense company, Virginia Pilot Online reported.
He wrote on Facebook along with the video, “Flag needed to be fixed at the Navy SEAL monument this morning. After a 3.5 mile run and smoked from the previous attempts, this was my 4th attempt at trying to get up and fix the flag.”
“Literally had to visualize what I was doing wrong and what I had to do to correct my inefficiencies in order to improve for the next attempt,” Raso continued. “I couldn’t go by this flag this morning and not give it everything I had. The gold stars on this monument and the sacrifice that has been made for all us was something I wasn’t just going to pass by,” he continued.
“This flag pole climb reminded me about EVERYTHING in life. There has been way to grave of sacrifice for me not to try. Once I do try I have to give it my ALL for them. If I fail…honor them by trying one more time and get better every time I do it,” Raso concluded.
In a second video of his flag repair, Raso said, “As long as this country continues to have great men and women willing to step up to do what is right, we will always prevail.”
“It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few. I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day. While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do what ever it takes. The greatest way to live is by our actions. EVERY SINGLE DAY we are given an opportunity. It’s a choice. We either take it or we don’t,” he wrote.
“I would have to say my favorite part of the day given that my last video has started to go viral, is the woman I had the pleasure to meet that simply said ‘God bless you,'” he added.
Raso shared the videos to his Facebook page where he has a following of nearly 50,000, and on Instagram where he has more than 136,000 followers. The first video amassed more than 2.9 million views on Facebook alone.