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Published:May 6th, 2015 11:41 EST

Viral Video: Mexican Flag Sweeps Soldier 45 Feet Into the Air

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Mexican soldier was carried away by more than patriotism during a ceremony when a gigantic flag snagged on his rifle and carried him 45 feet into the air.


Maximiliano Olmedo Ramirez, 35, who was participating in a Labor Day ceremony Friday in Durango, refused to let go of his rifle when it became tangled on the massive flag, which measures 164 feet by 92 feet, and he was lifted to a height of 45 feet."


If there`s one thing a soldier doesn`t want to do is lose his weapon; Ramirez refused to let go of his rifle when it became entangled on the huge flag and carried him into the air.

Ramirez suffered a broken leg, but he remained in possession of his firearm. He is expected to make a full recovery, but I doubt he will be assigned to any ceremonial duties involving giant flags.

The video of Ramirez` ordeal has garnered over 7 million views.

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