I will come right out and say it, this is one of the best seven minute and twenty nine seconds I have ever spent watching a video on Youtube. This is a must share, especially with Memorial Day coming right up.
On June 6th, 2014 an 11-year-old boy wanted to say thank you to the soldiers who fought and died on Omaha beach on D-Day morning 70 years earlier. So his mother took him to Normandy, France.
As part of his personal remembrance project called “Project Vigil“,the young boy spent four days in the American Cemetery, teaching visitors about three Paratroopers who were buried there.
On D-Day the police would not let him in to the cemetery. So this incredible 11-year-old boy took his 48 star WWII era American flag down to Omaha Beach and planted his homemade flagpole deep in the sand. For the next hour and a half, with his left hand holding the American Flag and his right hand firmly saluting the fallen soldiers…he starred straight forward overlooking the sea.
People started to gather, slowly, one by one more and more people came to witness this incredible act of patriotism. The boy never broke his stance. Then came the news crews, NBC Nightly News showed up, soldiers showed up to give thanks, Veterans stopped to salute him and kids taunted him, trying to break his focus…but it never broke.
And then…at the 5 minute mark in the video…something powerful happens. The people move away, the boy weakened from standing in the same firm position for so long…a lone trumpeter appears behind him and begins to play.
It has been a long time since I have come across a video so simple, yet so powerful. There are no gimmicks, special effect, famous folk or a large production budget…just a young boy with a flag, a big heart filled with respect and an incredible love for the United States of America.
Source : Youtube
This video should be shared with children, by parents and teachers. His honor, respect and dedication is becoming a rarity in our youth. A video like this could easily revive it, even if it just touches a few young hearts.