BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Within about 14 hours, a post on Facebook has received more than 134,000 likes, more than 107,000 shares and more than 6,000 comments. This overnight viral post is about the site manager of a Baton Rouge car wash who ran outside, into severe weather, to recover a downed American flag.
Jena Domingues said she and other employees of Benny's Car Wash and Oil Change usually take the flag down when there is a threat of severe weather. "The storm came in so fast, we didn't have time to take it down," she said.
The flag pole snapped during the storm and the flag hit the ground.
Stephen Babcock was inside the car wash when the storm hit. He and his 15-month-old child were waiting out the storm when he said he saw Jena run outside and quickly grab the flag off of the ground.
In the original Facebook post from Babcock Partners, LLC, it states:
The lights had gone off and come back on a time or two and all of a sudden, in the middle of the worst of the storm, the manager (I believe her shirt said "Jena") made her way out the front door. The wind gusts had bent and broken Benny's aluminum flagpole, and the flag was there laying on the ground flapping in the wind. Jena made her way to the flag and immediately picked it up off the ground and then disconnected it from the grounded flag pole. She hustled in with it out of the rain, the wind, and the lightning and quietly began folding it and putting it away without thinking anyone noticed.
Stephen was able to snap a photo of Jena with the flag and a few photos of the downed flag pole after the storm passed.
Jena says the flag did touch the ground, so it will be officially retired, probably by the Boy Scouts. She also says a new flag pole has been ordered and a much larger flag will fly atop the pole.
Jena also says she has no military background, but she does have friends and extended family who have served in all branches of the military.
The last line of the Babcock Partners' Facebook post said:
In a time where burning our flag and protesting our flag consume the media, let's make Jena famous.