Two elementary school boys with an astonishing sense of duty

You hear a lot of complaints about “kids these days.” Maybe you’ve done some complaining of your own. But of course, not all kids are so bad, not even close. Here’s some fine proof of that from two 11 year-old boys. If you were on safety patrol in elementary school, most of what you did was help other students cross the street. Another duty schools often assign to the safety patrol is raising and lowering the flag in front of the school at the beginning and end of the day. At the Coppergate Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida, two members of the safety patrol took that duty very seriously.

One day, when it was pouring rain, teacher Kim Miskowski happened to look out the window and see the two boys, Nate and Isaac. When she realized they weren’t cutting class and goofing around in the rain, she reached for her camera. What they were up to needed to be documented. Despite the downpour, the two students were lowering the flag! Even though they were getting thoroughly soaked, they were following all the protocols, right down to folding the flag into a neat and starry triangle. As Nate said simply, “I feel like it was the respectful thing to do.”

Kim, the teacher, was really impressed: “They were folding the flag reverently. They were reverent. And they were doing thirteen 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.” She posted the photos on the internet and they got thousands of likes and shares. Marco Rubio, one of Florida’s United States Senators, even heard about it. To thank the boys, he sent a certificate as well as a flag that had flown above the Capitol Building.

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