Marine notices a high school’s flag in disarray, does something unexpected

A Marine combat veteran going about his business as a beverage distributor could not help but intervene when he saw the condition a local school kept their American flag in.

Nolan Ruby, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was delivering Coca-Cola beverages to the school’s concession stand at the football field house when he noticed the flag balled up on a shelf.

“I noticed our National Colors tossed on a shelf in your field house, and decided to fold and properly place her the best I could,” he said.


While many in this country are publicly burning and destroying flags, one Marine’s simple actions reinforces Americans’ strong pride and love in country.

Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code establishes advisory rules for display and proper care of the national flag. The flag code, within the chapter, states that the flag should never be drawn back or bunched up in any way.

In Nolan’s viral Facebook post he said he would help the school to learn proper flag etiquette, a tradition in which some would have the United States’s public school system completely abandon.

“If further flag etiquette instruction is required, feel free to contact me. From: the Coke Guy…AKA Combat Marine Veteran who LOVES the American Flag,” he wrote.

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