For hundreds of years, the American flag has stood as a national symbol representing America’s liberties and the strength of its citizens. Last weekend, the American flag was given the opportunity to demonstrate why.
During the Miami–Appalachian State game, a group of patriotic college students used the American flag to save a cat that was dangling from the bleachers at Hard Rock Stadium.
Many of the students attending their first home game noticed a cat clinging from the upper deck. Commotion instantly erupted from the student section at Hard Rock Stadium early in the second quarter of No. 22 Miami’s home opener against the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Two patriotic fans noticed the situation and immediately rushed to help.
“They were trying to grab it from above, and they couldn’t reach it, but they were scaring it downward,” Craig Cromer told NBC 12. Cromer, a University of Miami facilities manager, and his wife Kimberly attended the game as fans but instantly sprung into action. “It hung there for a little while with its two front paws, then one paw, then I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s coming soon.’ “
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Craig ripped his flag free from his zip-ties and spread it out to make a landing pad for the scared cat, and the Cromer’s bravely rushed into action to save the dangling feline. The American flag gently broke the cat’s fall, and the crowd erupted in cheers as they hoisted the animal into the air to indicate it had survived.
The heroes were identified as Craig Cromer, the facility manager at the University of Miami, and his wife, Kimberly Cromer. The Cromer’s have been season ticket holders for 7 years and proudly fly an American flag over the railing directly in front of their seats at every game.
The cat was successfully retrieved, and the Miami Hurricanes won 25-23 for their first victory of the season, with head coach Manny Diaz even joked about the situation by crediting the cat for part of the team’s success.
“I don’t know anything about that or what was going on,” he said, “but I’ll tell you if the cat can help our red-zone offense, I’ll see if we can get it a scholarship.”
This strange act of compassion and bravery exemplifies why the American flag, even when least suspected, will always remain as a symbol of strength and protection for years to come.
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