The Fox network aired a tribute to the United States of America and its flag before Super Bowl LIV kicked off on Sunday. The ad featured Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and had Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” as its soundtrack.
The ad also features owners of various NFL team owners telling how Cash wrote the song and praised America’s military men and women.
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.
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