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Richard Neal, the owner of a bed-and-breakfast 32 miles off the coast of North Carolina in old Coast Guard tower, says he fielded several angry calls from veterans as Hurricane Florence approached.

That’s because his B&B at Frying Pan Tower is also the home of one of the many Explore.org live cams that have been documenting the storm as it rumbled toward the Carolina coast.

The article goes on to state the following:

And also because, that live footage at times has shown the tower’s American flag, being shredded by the devastating rain and wind the storm is bringing with it.

“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.”

Neal isn’t riding the storm out in the tower, as he has done in the past through Hurricanes Arthur, Matthew and Sandy. The software engineer from south Charlotte was able to remotely reposition the live cam, though, so the flag, in the process of getting ripped to smithereens, was no longer in the shot being viewed by what he said was “hundreds of thousands of people.”

But a funny thing happened when he repositioned it.

He started getting comments and questions by the dozen, wondering 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.

“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. We get beat up, battered during hard times, but we stay up, stay at it through the storm.”



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  1. We as a society have become overly sensitive, we used to have thicker skin. It may not be proper flag etiquette, but that flag does mean something and many of us are proud of it. It means that we are not going to let a Hurricane stop us, let the flag fly free, it may get torn to shreds, but it can be replaced, it represents who we are, tough and resilient.

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