John Boone, 63, of Mint Hill, spent around 10 hours waving Marine Corps and American flags on the bridge over 485 at the Lawyers Road exit last Sunday, to show his gratitude and support for veterans and the country they fight for.

Boone, his four brothers, and his father all served in the military, and Boone served in the USMC 2nd Force Recon for five years, stationed in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

“I had the flags, had the truck and had the time,” Boone said. “I just wanted to do something for the Veterans and for America on Memorial Day. I just wanted to say, thank you. So, I just got up and went.”

Boone got plenty of support from passing motorists, saying that he kept wanting to quit, but people kept honking, waving, and stopping by. He had Iraq and Afghanistan veterans stop by, and a family took pictures with him. “I was surprised and honored. So, I stayed,” Boone said. “America is full of fantastic people. That’s the good news, is America is full of good people. From all walks of life, lots of people stopped by… It was unbelievable, unbelievable, I will never forget it.” PHOTOS COURTESY BROOKE BOONE