Army specialist Darren Swallow arrived at a veteran’s assisted living and rehab facility at 3:30 a.m. with his flag. It was Memorial Day, and it was raining. Flagstaff in hand, Swallow stood out in the rain for nine hours dressed in uniform, but he wasn’t doing it for himself.
The ex-soldier had been disabled while surviving multiple tours in Iraq, but he still has his sense of honor. He had heard that the facility’s flagpole had been knocked down over the winter, and he had felt it was his duty to pay tribute to the men and women who lived there by ensuring they had an American flag flying on that particular day.
"My girlfriend told me yesterday the flagpole behind us was taken down either during a storm or from a plow truck, so I…
“He came out here on his own and stood for quite a while in the rain,” Scott Schuster, CEO of the facility, Wingate of Wilbraham, told Huffington Post. “The fact that a soldier would want to come here with his own flag and hold it up out of respect for veterans is really nice.”
Swallow’s girlfriend, Anara Dupont, who works in the home’s kitchen, was also clearly impressed by her boyfriend’s commitment.
“He was very passionate about it when I told him we didn’t have a flag here,” she said. “He is an angel, he is, he really is one of the best people I’ve ever met in my whole life.”
Dupont had informed Swallow on Sunday that they were lacking in the flag department. He decided their situation deserved a remedy.
“My girlfriend told me yesterday the flagpole behind us was taken down either during a storm or from a plow truck, so I thought I’d come down and honor our veterans, and let them know they have not been forgotten,” he told WWLP on Memorial Day.
A WWII veteran resident responded to the gesture, saying, “The fact that a soldier would want to come here with his own flag and hold it up out of respect is really nice.”
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Swallow was also seen entering the nursing home, going room to room, and shaking hands with veteran residents, including 85-year-old Paul King Sr., who served in the Korean War. King was brought to tears by the ex-soldier’s tribute.
Schuster explained that they have ordered a new flagpole and that it should be up and flying again in June.
Memorial Day has been observed since 1868. It was meant to honor all American servicemen and women who died while serving their country.