The National Football League aired a highly patriotic tribute to the American flag on Sunday during the Super Bowl.
“FOX Sports crews brought Kyle Carpenter, a Marine who won the Medal of Honor, to Jackson County to shoot [the] video that showcases patriotism,” WRAL reported. “The network [put] together a sports feature called ‘Ragged Old Flag’ [that aired] just before the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Carpenter served with valor in Afghanistan in 2010.”
“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,” Mediate reported. “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.’”
During the ad, Carpenter recited part of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The video features audio from Carpenter was awarded with the Medal of Honor in 2014, when a military aide said the following:
The President of the United States, in the name of the Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lance Corporal William Kyle Carpenter, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an automatic rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team One, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 21 November, 2010.
Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force comprised of two reinforced Marine rifle squads, partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in the Marja District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide security for the local Afghan population.
Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged position. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved towards the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him but saving the life of his fellow Marine.
By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.