This is a powerful image of the recent North Carolina flooding from Hurrican Florence of an Army vet on a kayak in flooded streets holding an American flag.

Via WBTV

It is said a picture can speak a thousand words, and we can think of a few for this powerful image.

Strength. Resilience. Freedom. Pride. Inspiring. America. Service.

These all come to mind when first looking at the image of a man on a kayak in flooded streets holding an American flag.

The moment captured by Laura Boehm shows her husband Todd Boehm, who served in the Army for 23 years before retiring, honoring the star-spangled banner.

Laura said as they were kayaking through the flooded streets on Rosewood Drive to check on their home, her husband noticed an American flag touching the water.

“We couldn’t let it fall,” Laura said.

Without hesitating, he paddled over to where the flag hung and adjusted it so it could continue to wave in the breeze over the devastation left behind by Florence.

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(Image: WBTV/Laura Boehm)