Somebody better reach out to Craig Calcaterra and let him know about this blatant attempt to politicize the Boston Marathon!

Not really. Craig wouldn’t be all that happy, but then again, when one confuses a statement of pride with politics it’s easy to see how somebody can be such a sourpuss. Meanwhile, this story is really cool:

On the best day for Americans in the Boston Marathon’s prize-money era, it was a man who took nearly six hours to finish who provided the most indelible image of American pride.

Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, a retired Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, was filmed and photographed throughout Monday’s 26.2-mile race.

More on Sanchez’s story here, via the Boston Globe.

Sanchez wore a “Semper Fi” shirt, ran on a prosthetic left leg and carried an American flag.

Check out the video of him finishing the race.

What a great story. Be sure to read more about Sanchez, here.