Garbage Man Delivers Message About the American Flag

Faye Higbee
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A garbage man, who happened to be a Marine Corps veteran, found an American flag on the garbage can of a resident in Huntington, Utah. When he saw it, he took it out of the trash, neatly folded it and placed it in his garbage truck. Unbeknownst to him, the resident, Brooke Cowley, caught his action on video – and it taught her a valuable lesson about the American flag. (Fox13).

“He pulls up, he gets out of his truck, and I’m thinking, ‘What is he doing? And then immediately, I was so embarrassed, like, oh my gosh, I was petrified, because I’m married to a veteran. What am I doing?”

Brooke Cowley

After sharing the video she filmed on Facebook, she told Fox13 that there was a reason:

“I wanted our community to really see what he did, and to see the care and love that he gave our flag. I wanted them to see and to give him the respect that he gave to our flag.”

Brooke Cowley

The garbage man is Don “Munch” Gardner. (The “Munch” nickname is because he’s short). He said he doesn’t much have the time to get out of his truck constantly to hunt through the garbage. But he did say he’s rescued at least a dozen flags from the landfill over his 11 years working as a garbage man.

“It’s just something I do. Makes me mad. I get angry. Sometimes it’s a mistake. Most of the time, it’s on purpose. I have a problem with that, so I just take it out take care of it…

I took an oath once to defend this country and our flag, and I still do. A lot of people died protecting that flag and fighting under that flag. A lot of blood’s been shed so that we have the freedoms that we have today.”

Don Gardner

Gardner admonished people that if they didn’t know what to do with it, to bring it to him and he’d take care of it.

We’ve written about many who have rescued the American flag from destruction: from firefighters to delivery drivers. Blessings to this Marine Corps Veteran garbage man for taking the time and effort to take care of the flag. Semper Fi, Mr. Gardner, and thank you!


Featured screenshot via Brooke Cowley video

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