A U.S. Marine stole the show at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
According to NBC Sports, Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez lost the lower part of his left leg while serving in Afghanistan in 2011 but chose to run the 26.2-mile race regardless.
Taking almost six hours to finish, Sanchez ran with a prosthetic while wearing a Team Semper Fi jersey and waving a large American flag.
According to Boston.com, Sanchez drew a massive number of cheers from spectators as he ran.
He ran the race in order to raise funds for injured servicemembers and their families and to make sure their sacrifices are not forgotten. The flag he ran with bore signatures from fellow servicemen.
Sanchez said the crowd’s enthusiasm helped him finish the race.
He exclaimed, “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you all. Without the love and support of everyone here.”
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