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People Notice Veteran Running With Flag- Then They See What's Around His Waist

One man is raising awareness and inspiring others in a very amusing way.

Robert Woldhuis, a U.S. Army veteran from Wyoming, Michigan, has made national headlines for his antics as the flag-bearing superhero ‘Tutuman’. Mr. Woldhuis is currently training for a slew of long distance running events and whenever he trains on ‘Fly the Flag Friday’, the veteran makes sure he is carrying Old Glory with him. To make himself even more distinctive, Woldhuis wears a tutu on the same day that he carries the flag. Now, the sight of a tutu-wearing long-distance runner with an American flag is commonplace across Wyoming.

As the veteran runner’s fame grew, he was asked to interview with Fox News to discuss his motivation for carrying around the bulky flag and pole. "The flag is a very important thing for me,” said Woldhuis. "The carrying the flag on Fly the Flag Friday is just getting people that are busy with their lives and busy with everyday stuff to stop for just one second and realize that a lot of people have died for this flag. A lot of people have sacrificed so much for this flag and if they just see this for one second and they remember that, then it's worth it."

Every week, Woldhuis ties to chart a brand-new running course around Wyoming and his ‘Tutuman’ antics have become a point of pride in the local community. During a ‘Fly the Flag Friday’ race in 2014, positive reactions from local spectators encouraged Woldhuis to keep flying the flag as part of his training regimen. "This is just about getting people to laugh, smile a little bit and have a good time and just be in the moment," Woldhuis said during his interview with Fox 17.

10 years ago, Woldhuis’ life was turned upside down when his two elder sons were killed in a violent car accident. The horrifying incident created legal, financial and, at one point, drug problems for Mr. Woldhuis. However, the veteran was able to turn his life around by falling back on the discipline, comradeship and community support he found as a member of the U.S. Army.

"Every day is a gift," says Woldhuis. "Just to be able to bring a little bit of joy and happiness into somebody's life at this point knowing where I was 10 years ago is a blessing to me."

Online commenters have given an extraordinary response to Mr. Woldhuis’ actions and story. “I was about to slam him for literally running around in a tutu, then I read this man lost two sons in a car accident. I can't even imagine such a loss. Life has kicked him in the teeth, HARD, and yet, he has somehow found enough reasons to keep living. To keep hoping for some good out of life. God Bless him. Let him wear what he wants. Sometimes it pays to ask 'Besides for short term attention, why are they doing this?” wrote ‘sanrafaelblue’ on Fox. “Awesome American showing his love for America...” replied ‘gndsmile.

Source: Fox News
Photo: YouTube

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