There were some great ads during the Super Bowl.
We reported on one that most people loved about Alice Johnson and criminal justice reform, that some on the left lost their minds over. That’s one way of knowing it must have been good.
But there was another one that really touched people as well and perhaps had a special meaning given some of the kneeling protests of the NFL players that had been precipitated by Colin Kaepernick and the political divisiveness the country has been going through.
The Fox network paid tribute to the country and the American flag, featuring Marine Corporal Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient and the “First Ladies of Football” (some of the owners) talking about the importance of the flag, “our most precious symbol of freedom,” and what it represents. It also includes families of the victims of 9/11 and highlights Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” as the music for the ad.
Carpenter received the nation’s highest medal for military service while he was with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010.
Then-Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were on a rooftop providing security when the enemy threw hand grenades, with one landing inside their sandbagged position. According to his citation, Carpenter landed onto of the grenades without hesitation, taking the full brunt of the blast. Against the odds, he survived and began his long road to recovery, culminating in receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions in 2014.
In a time of a lot of political strife, a good message.
A recording of Ragged Old Flag, a spoken word tribute written and narrated by Johnny Cash, played over historic news clips and reenactments of important moments in American history. Cash wrote it in 1974, a prior time of political unrest in the immediate aftermath of the Watergate scandal. His intention with the heartfelt verses was to “reaffirm faith in the country and the goodness of the American people.”
Amen. God bless America.