Profile: Nick Fleury – a FedEx driver who hanged, saluted fallen American flag outside Mexican immigrant’s home in Houston
FedEx driver Nick Fleury hangs, salutes fallen American flag outside Mexican immigrant’s home in Houston
A FedEx driver who delivered packages to a Houston home has stepped forward after video showed him hanging a dead American flag outside it, saluting the flag as it fell to the ground and then returning to his route.
The incident last Thursday angered people on social media who said there was nothing patriotic about the roadside display.
“Absolutely nothing I did was aimed at desecrating the flag, or disrespecting veterans. Nothing,” Nick Fleury told Fox 26 on Monday. “It was just a move that I thought was beautiful and showed respect for the flag.”
Fleury said he wasn’t aware he was falling to his death’s end until he was passed by one of his fellow drivers.
“I stopped to ask, ‘Is everybody OK?’ … He said, ‘I’m worried about you and wanted to let you know. You have fallen to your death.’”
The little girl tending to Fleury’s son who happens to be a national championship winner from a local high school basketball team was also shocked by the apparent death.
“She was sobbing,” he said. “She said, ‘My daddy’s a dead man, my daddy’s dead.’”
Fleury said he had planned to hang the flag for a week so it would be ready for this week’s veterans day parade and on the day of his annual in-service.
“Adore this country. As I tell my kids,” he said. “Adore your country. The flag is adored by so many people. We just want to give the flag our respect in any way possible.”
Fleury was taken to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after reports about the incident began to circulate online and he felt the need to explain himself.
“I feel so awful,” he said. “The horrible part of it is I don’t understand what kind of patriot, what kind of person is going to look at this and think it’s anything other than just a simple American gesture.”
Fleury’s video has become an online sensation. It is been viewed more than 25 million times since he released it over the weekend.
If Fleury had done it on Thanksgiving or other holidays, there would be public outrage, but this was different, the driver said.
“There’s nothing else to this,” he said. “Our flag is priceless.”
The family has already left their home.