President Trump’s first State of the Union address was a huge success, it had a large television audience and an excited crowd in attendance. During Trump’s speech, he gave a specific shoutout to Preston Sharp.
Trump recognized the 12-year-old boy’s efforts to place American flags on the graves on fallen soldiers. Trump called the boy a young patriot.
“Preston, a job well done,” Trump said to Preston, as he stood next to First Lady Melania Trump, and gave a big smile and a wave to the crowd .
“Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans,” President Trump said before telling everyone that earlier he had met Preston.
“He’s something very special. Great future. Thank you for all you’ve done, Preston. Thank you very much.”
The young patriot Preston noticed that there was nothing commemorating the graves of the veterans, so he took it upon himself to place 40,000 American flags on the graves. Preston has been placing flags on the graves of veterans in his home town of Redding since 2015.
While Trump thanked the young boy, he also took aim at the NFL again.
“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us of why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance and why we proudly stand for the national anthem,” he said.
This is of course in reference to some NFL players kneeling for the national anthem during the 2017 season, a movement which was started by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an effort to bring attention to police brutality against African Americans.
This is the type of patriotism we need to reward and cherish. While a teacher in California is bashing the military, a young boy in Redding is sacrificing his time to honor those who have sacrificed their lives.