An American flag that flew off the coast of North Carolina survived winds of over 100 mph from Hurricane Florence and was sold for over $10,000.
Richard Neal, owner of the Frying Pan Tower where the flag once flew, said it was meant to be a symbol of the pride and resilience of America. (RELATED: Fallen Marine’s Father Pleads For His Son’s Flag To Be Returned)
“What we wanted to do when we put it up there was nothing more than saying this is America,” Neal told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “We are proud of it and we go through storms together and we survive. We hang on and we rebuild.”
The flag was auctioned off for $10,900 Sunday and all the proceeds are going to help victims of Hurricane Florence through the Red Cross, ABC11 WTVD reported.
Mike Caruso placed the winning bid and also joined “Fox & Friends” to reveal why he paid so much for the flag.
“We’d first seen the flag and we didn’t know about it until it was on eBay two days prior to my brother passing on Friday,” Caruso said.
“When we seen it, and actually looked at the video from the actual storm and how that flag stood tall, stood firm and was resilient and persevered and found out it was named Kevin — we said that’s our brother Kevin. That’s what he did. He never gave up — always persevered and always fought even in the midst of the strongest storm,” he added.
Neal was asked if he was surprised at how much the flag sold for and he said he knew it would evoke emotion and “pull at the heartstrings.”
“Well, based on just the views and the way that people were paying attention to it as it was flying and as it was having difficulty being torn apart, I knew it would pull at the heartstrings, like it did mine,” he concluded.
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