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WILBRAHAM, Mass. – A disabled veteran showed a touching display of patriotism outside an assisted living facility.

Army specialist Darren Swallow held up a fallen flag for hours on Memorial Day, WWLP reports. The gesture honored veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Swallow served multiple tours in Iraq, which left him disabled.

“My girlfriend told me yesterday the flagpole behind us was taken down during a storm or from a plow truck, so I thought I’d come down and honor our veterans, and let them know they have not been forgotten.”