As first reported by ABC News 4, Raso stopped his morning run in Virginia Beach, Virginia when he saw an American flag at the Navy SEAL monument barely hanging onto the pole. After three attempts to climb the pole, the SEAL made it to the top and fixed Old Glory.
The amazing patriotic event was captured on video by a friend, posted to Facebook, and predictably went viral.
“After a 3.5 mile run and [being] smoked from the previous attempts, [t]his was my fourth attempt at trying to get up and fix the flag,” Raso posted to social media. “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,” he wrote. “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. 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. If I fail … honor them by trying one more time and get better every time I do it.”
In a follow-up video post, Raso wrote, “As long as this country continues to have great men and women willing to step up to do what is right, we will always prevail.”
“It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few. I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day,” he continued. “While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do what ever it takes. The greatest way to live is by our actions.”
“EVERY SINGLE DAY,” he said, “we are given an opportunity. It’s a choice. We either take it or we don’t.”
Raso noted that his favorite moment was when a woman went up to the SEAL to thank him for fixing the flag. “I would have to say my favorite part of the day given that my last video has started to go viral, is the woman I had the pleasure to meet that simply said ‘God bless you,’” he wrote.
“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorance of foolish people.; 1 Peter 2:15,” added Raso, using the hashtag “Will to fight.”