It’s so nice to know that in the present culture of supposed sports heroes taking a knee on national television — to protest our American heritage and values — that their message hasn’t tarnished the outlook of future generations. Old Glory and all she stands for still holds a special place in the hearts of young people.
This story originates in Idaho with the station KHQ. Let’s hope it’s something we see spread across the country.
Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck and Casey Dolan of Hayden Meadows Elementary School in Hayden, Idaho, should be role models for every kid in the country. These fine young boys have taken a special interest in the significance of honoring and caring for the American flag that flies on their school grounds.
On Wednesday this viral photo by Amanda Reallan, a parent at the school, started a spark that is spreading across the country.
It just takes one post on social media to get the word out that patriotism, at any age, is alive and well in America.
As you see, two boys are skillfully and carefully folding as one boy is laying on the sidewalk underneath to assure no part of the flag touches the ground.
Hayden Meadows Elementary School!!! This needs to go viral! Wow! I just watched the most amazing act of Patriotism!…
Staying after school for most kids is considered a bad thing, but for these three boys maybe not so much. For them it appears to be an honor to perform the task of retiring the colors after the day has ended.
The local news station picked up this story and now the dedication and patriotism of these boys is being heard across the country.
Each day they take extra care to make sure the flag is lowered, folded and stored, all without touching the ground, because: “If you let it touch the ground, then you disrespect our country, is what I heard,” LeBreck said. “This is our nation’s flag, this is our school’s flag, it’s how we represent our country.”
So, just who helped these young boys learn such respect for the American Flag?
Mac McCart an Air Force veteran and the school’s custodian, according to KHQ. “Mr. Mac” as he is known by the kids at school, helped to teach the boys how to properly fold and store the flag.
in his interview with KHQ, McCarty outlined his family’s history of service to the United States: “I’m a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, my father was a Marine, my grandfather was a Navy man and family that’s been in the service for a long time. It’s just a nice opportunity to express it to the young and let them pick it up.”
McCarty too, is proud of these young boys. “They did themselves proud, they did their families proud, they did our school proud and our community and I’m very proud of them and I’m sure their families are very proud of them as well,” he said.
I would argue that McCarty also made the community of Hayden proud as he passed on some valuable lessons to these boys that they didn’t necessarily pick up in the classroom.
Young Naylan Tuttle comes from a family of servicemen and they are obviously in his thoughts as he carries on the tradition of honoring the flag.
“I think it would be very honorable for me, my dad and my grandfather, they’ve been in the service, in the military, so I probably think I would make them proud,” Tuttle said.
What a stark and inspiring contrast from the Kaepernick controversies of late.
Wouldn’t it be a breath of fresh air to see major retailers put boys like this in their commercials instead of prominent sports figures who do not have the same respect for the patriotism of our nation?
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