We seem to be in a time in America where patriotism is fading amongst the younger generation.
We used to look at sports figures as leaders, and now way too many of them are leading our kids astray by disrespecting the flag and our service people.
Musicians and actors make mocking our president a hobby and encourage young people to act out against conservative values.
And kids are doing it, you see it on sports fields across America, not just players just cheerleaders as well.
When a mom drove up to her child’s elementary school in Hayden Idaho she saw something that she will never forget. There were three boys doing something with the American flag that she was so taken back by, that she scrambled to get a picture off before they stopped.
HAYDEN, Id. — A photo of three boys in Hayden taking down the U.S. flag garnered more than 2,000 shares on Facebook in just one day.
The photo was taken Wednesday afternoon at Hayden Meadows Elementary by Amanda Reallan, a mom who was there to pick up her kids. While waiting in the parking lot, she said she saw something that overwhelmed her and snapped a photo that would soon go viral.
n the picture were three fifth graders taking down a flag. Struggling to keep the flag off the ground, one of the boys laid on the ground to protect it.
“We’ve had a bunch of close calls,” said Jack LeBreck, the boy who took to the pavement. “But I thought it would happen because it was kind of a windy day. So I just thought of laying down… and seeing what would happen.”
The three boys, who have all been involved in Cub Scouts, were inspired by the leadership of one special staff member.
“It was all because of our custodian, Mr. Mac,” LeBreck said.
Mac McCarty is a veteran with 20 years of service. He helped select the kids who put up and take down the flag.
“What they did yesterday was obviously all them… laying on the ground and all that,” McCarty said. “And I’m very proud.”
The kids, chosen by McCarty, have all taken the responsibility seriously — and with pride.
“It’s really a great privilege,” said Casey Dolan, another of the three boys in that photo. “I feel really lucky I was chosen for it.”
They said they were amazed by the outpouring of support they got for their creative display of patriotism.
“It felt like… I was gonna be like ‘hey mom, I should be an actor some day,’” joked Nalan Tuttle, whose own father is in the military.
“They did themselves proud, they did their families proud, they did their school proud, and I am very proud of them,” McCarty said.
It’s amazing the level of respect these boys have for the flag. They have been taught well by Mr.Mac, he has conveyed to these boys what that flag means and why it deserves our respect.
I would like to send a few NFL’ers up to Hayden Elementry to spend a few days working around the school with custodian Mac. He could impart a little wisdom about the flag and why they should respect it and the people who served to defend it.
It’s nice to report on something positive like this. To them it’s just something they do, they didn’t even understand what was so remarkable. These kids are being raised right, maybe “America will be great again.”