While Dom Raso was running on Thursday morning, he jogged past a monument that features an American flag. He noticed that the flag had come undone, leaving it hanging by just a single carabiner. Instead of continuing ignoring the issue, Raso decided to make it his mission to fix the flag.
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Raso, according to a report by Pilot Online, was running by the Navy SEAL Monument on Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront when he spotted the flag hanging precariously from just one carabiner. Not wanting the flag to fall, Raso decided to fix the flag, which required him to climb up the flagpole.
He also wasn’t successful on his first three attempts to fix the problem, but Raso was persistent.
“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,” said Raso in a Facebook post that also featured a video of his climb.
“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.”
“I couldn’t go by this flag this morning and not give it everything I had,” Raso continued. “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.
“This flag pole climb reminded me about EVERYTHING in life,” he added. “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” Raso stated. “If I fail…honor them by trying one more time and get better every time I do it. “
Raso, a former Navy SEAL who left the Navy in 2012, also posted a follow-up video.
“I saw the flag needed to be fixed,” he said in the clip, which was posted on Friday. “And I made it happen.”
Since being uploaded, the footage has been viewed over 750,000 times and gathered more than 20,000 reactions along with over 2,700 comments.