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)

Massive Flag-Covered Spire Lifted To Top of One World Trade Center

Well done New York!

Via NY Post (Video @ the link)

The final pieces of the massive spire that will crown One World Trade Center were hoisted up the building today — exactly two years after a Navy SEAL team broke into Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound and took down the man who killed thousands of Americans and destroyed the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Once installed, the 408-foot spire will bring the building to an iconic 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere and third tallest in the world.

“Everybody put a lot of proud work into this building,” said iron worker Michael O’Reilly, 38. “This is our city. This is our building. We put it back up.”

Port Authority officials said the spire’s final piece will sit atop a platform until weather conditions allow workers to install it in a few weeks.

Construction workers and bystanders — many of them using cell phones to take photos and videos of the piece being raised — clapped and cheered as it was lifted to the top of the structure.

An American flag hung from the spire as its ascended into the sky.

“It feels amazing,” said iron worker Tom Hickey, 31, whose father worked on the original World Trade Center’s north tower.

“It feels great to be a part of history.”