People rise to salute the flag in elementary schools, city council meetings, and baseball games, but how often do you see a lone postal carrier standing at the side of the road, his right arm stiffly raised in acknowledgement of the stars and stripes?
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But that’s exactly what Rochester, N.Y., resident Michael Lempert captured. In a poignant photograph that he recently posted on his Facebook page, he said: “Many thanks to retired U.S. Army sergeant Robert Franklin who is still serving his country, rain, sleet or snow.â€
Franklin, a city carrier assistant, was going along on his route recently when he saw a resident in the neighborhood where he was making deliveries, raising the flag outside her home. After asking if he could help, Franklin stood at attention until the flag was fully raised.
“I stopped right there and grabbed my camera off the seat next to me, took off my hat, and captured the moment,”Lempert wrote. “I then waited until the flag was fully raised before I walked over to introduce myself, asked him for his permission to share this moment, and thanked him for his service.â€
Franklin didn’t realize until afterward that Lempert had taken the picture, but says he hopes the image “encourages other postal employees to participate and share flag etiquette. It’s a way to show as an arm of the federal government, we are the stewards of these customs and courtesies.â€
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