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11-year-old Preston Sharp! California Boy Becomes Pied Piper of Patriotism Honoring Veterans! [WATCH]

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Grab a box of tissues before you read this story about how 11-year-old Preston Sharp and his all out effort to honor America’s finest, the Veterans, has created an entire movement!

After visiting his grandpa’s grave on Veterans Day in 2015 in Redding, California, Preston noticed that not every veteran in the cemetery had a flag. This both troubled and inspired Preston.

He was distressed that his local veterans were going unrecognized on such a momentous day and motivated to do something to change it.

11 year old Preston Sharp! California Boy Becomes Pied Piper of Patriotism Honoring Veterans! [WATCH]

Please help Preston further his project of placing Flags and Flowers on the graves of our bravest at his GoFundMe page!

“Yeah, I was really surprised,” Preston said.

Preston’s mom, April had never seen her son like this before. “Not this angry and passionate,” she said. “And I was like, ‘Son, if you’re going to complain about something, you have to do something about it or let it go.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, I’m going to do something about it, Mom,'”

Preston decided to change that. “He took on odd jobs and solicited donations to buy flags and flowers for every veteran in his grandpa’s cemetery and beyond to honor local veterans.

That day, Preston set a goal to place a flag and flower on the graves of each of those veterans at McDonald’s cemetery, but that goal quickly grew to include other Redding area cemeteries and from there has grown to include cemeteries in Shasta, Tehama and Glenn counties.

11 year old Preston Sharp! California Boy Becomes Pied Piper of Patriotism Honoring Veterans! [WATCH]

As of May 2017, Preston has organized the placement of more than 17,500 flags and flowers at cemeteries across Northern California.  He has accomplished this with the assistance of many in the community who come out to meet him on Sunday mornings to clean headstones, replace weathered flags and flowers and say “Thank You” to those that have provided their services to our country.”

Now, 23,000 graves later, Preston has raised nearly $30,000 to continue his vital work from patriots across the nation. His story and his “contagious efforts” were recently highlighted by Steve Hartman on CBS Sunday Morning:

Please help Preston further his project of placing Flags and Flowers on the graves of our bravest at his GoFundMe page!

11 year old Preston Sharp! California Boy Becomes Pied Piper of Patriotism Honoring Veterans! [WATCH]

Nothing stops Preston and his Flag and Flower placing.

CBS Reports:

And he does it every week, rain or shine — especially rain.

“They were out there in the rain doing their job, protecting us,” Preston said.

He says coming out in the rain — or 100-degree heat — is the least he can do. His devotion really is enormous, and contagious.

Now when word gets out Preston will be at a cemetery, a lot of folks feel compelled to join in. People like Vietnam veteran Fred Loveland.

“It’s just amazing,” Loveland said. “What he’s doing brings them out, because they can’t believe that a young man in this country is doing what he does.”

It is a movement of young and old, of those who served themselves and those who are so grateful they did, all led by this little pied piper of patriotism who saw an injustice and decided to do something about it.

Preston and his contagious patriotism brings full tears to my eyes. We live in a world where so many of young people are self-centered and full of entitlement mentality. This fine young altruistic boy brings new hope to the next generation.

Please help Preston further his project of placing Flags and Flowers on the graves of our bravest at his GoFundMe page!

Picture credit to CBS News.

11 year old Preston Sharp! California Boy Becomes Pied Piper of Patriotism Honoring Veterans! [WATCH]

Preston Sharp – the ‘Pied Piper of Patriotism’!

 

 

 

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Scott Osborn is a Writer, Preacher, Political activist, as well as the Social Media Director for the TV Comedy Show, The Flipside with Michael Loftus. Scott hosts several radio shows, including the wildly popular “Conover U” starring Rodney Lee & the Preacher..

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