Man Protects Fallen American Flag

What would you do if you saw an American flag on the ground, in the rain? One man didn't stop and wonder what to do. He took action.

Security footage from The Murray Bank's north location shows a man standing in the pouring rain, Michael Pritchard from Murray, folding a flag.

"It was just the right thing to do. There was a need that needed to be attended to," Pritchard said.

It happened on Sunday, July 26, when flags were at half staff for service members killed in the Chattanooga shooting.
"He wasn't at the bank for any other purpose," The Murray Bank Vice President Darren Jones said.

Pritchard was on his way home from church with his pregnant wife. He says he saw a fallen flag and only knew one thing to do.

"I don't know how long it had been laying there or anything, but I knew it didn't need to be where it was," Pritchard said.

Before Pritchard got to the bank the rope broke, leaving this flag on the ground.

"Whether it's picking up a flag or whatever, everyone can do something good," Pritchard said.

He's not in the military; he's not a boy scout. He says he learned how to fold a flag from his fifth grade teacher.

"Two or three people got to go out and raise and lower a flag. That was always exciting," Pritchard said.

After discovering the footage, Jones says everyone is asking one question.

"Would I stop and pick that flag up and actually have taken the time to fold it," asked Jones.

Pritchard says not to thank him, but return the favor by doing something nice for someone else.

The bank laid the flag out to dry. When the bank's contractor returns to town, he'll put it on a new rope and it will be raised.

Boy Scouts say it's a misconception that the flag has to be burned after it touches the ground. If it's still in good condition, it just has to be properly cleaned, before being raised again.

The Boy Scouts even showed us how to properly fold a flag. Check out the video above.

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