Photo of Lone Teen Holding Flag Is Quickly Going Viral. The Reason Will Make You Proud.

U.S. Flag code mandates that the American Flag must never touch the ground or anything beneath it. The age old tradition outlines over forty rules for the way the flag must be treated, and for good reason.


Prior to Flag Day, June 14, 1923, neither the federal government nor the states had official guidelines governing the display of the United States’ flag. The symbol of our United States had always been treated with respect, but setting those rules in place reminds us all how important the Old Glory is and what it means of Americans.

When 18-year-old Cole Dotson, senior and class president at Continental High in Continental, Ohio saw a flag hovering dangerously close to the ground, he knew exactly what to do. Cole held the flag until someone from school came to help him hoist it back up. That’s when Cole’s mother, Rhonda Ordway Pester, captured this beautiful moment.

Rhonda Ordway Pester

“When your son calls his grandmother and says he has a problem….it’s usually not good. This is where she found him this morning. The flag fell to the ground, he saw it, stopped and held it until someone from school could come and put it back up. Proud of you Cole Dotson! There is hope for America! ooh rah!”

We all should treat our nation with this much respect!

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