Nate and Isaac are safety patrols at Coppergate Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida, and they have a very important job to complete every day. One they take very seriously.
But neither one of them had any idea that the task they tackled on a stormy day would make their community, and people nationwide, so proud of their actions. At the end of the school day, the boys went out in the pouring rain to protect and take care of something that is very meaningful to many Americans.
The 11-year-old boys are in charge of lowering the American flag during school dismissal. When a big rainstorm came into town, the pair decided they would still complete their job.
They patiently and reverently folded the flag through the drenching rain. Coppergate Elementary School media specialist, Kim Miskowski, wrote on the school’s Facebook page:
“Not only did they bring the flag down, they also stood in the wind and rain and calmly completed the 13 folds. Then Nate protected the flag as he walked with honor and respect to retire it for the day.”
Nate’s parents served in the military, and the young man told FOX 30 that he and Isaac braved the rain because it was “the respectful thing to do.” And during a somewhat tumultuous time in American politics, it’s refreshing to see two young men demonstrate such patriotism.
The pair was praised by the school for their:
“…responsibility, respect, devotion to duty, and love of country.”
Kim told Fox 30:
“They were folding the flag reverently. They were reverent. And they were doing 13 folds … and you know, our country is in a little bit of turmoil … it just struck me. When they walked away they held it … cradled it to protect it. And it was just a moment that was meant to be, I think.”
The Facebook post has been shared over 1,400 times, and hundreds of people have praised the boys for showing such respect for the American flag. The school posted that “this is what RESPECT looks like at Coppergate.”
“We are so proud of Nate and Isaac for their responsibility, respect, devotion to duty, and love of country.”
These two symbolize what many Americans feel, that the American flag is something to be cherished and cared for. Congratulations to these two for modeling upstanding character.