Twelve-year old Preston Sharp to place 3,000 flags at Provo Freedom Festival

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preston sharpMonday, July 2, 2018.  Provo, UT.  President Trump honored an 11-year old boy named Preston Sharp at his State of the Union address in 2018 for taking the initiative to honor our veterans with what has become a national “Flower and Flag Challenge.”  America’s Freedom Festival at Provo (Utah) has also selected Preston as one of its annual Freedom Award recipients.

On Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9 AM, Preston will be at the Provo City Cemetery to add another 3,000 flags to the nearly 75,000 flags he has already placed since he began in 2015.  His goal is to do visit all 50 states.  He has a Go Fund Me account to raise the money.

The story doesn’t end there.  Preston doesn’t just place flags and flowers on vet graves, he also takes time to visit them in VA hospitals and care centers.  He listens to their stories.  His motto is “Honor Veterans every day, not just on a holiday.”

Preston is from Redding, California.  He first noticed that veteran’s graves were being neglected when he visited his grandfather’s grave, a Naval veteran.  He asked if he could vacuum the floors to earn enough money to place flowers on all the graves.

He learned of one veteran who had to give up his dog to go into a senior care home.  Preston offered to adopt the dog so that the Vet could see the dog regularly.

Preston insists that every Veteran’s name be called out verbally so that they will not be forgotten.  “Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans,” President Trump said.  “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

What a contrast to Colin Kaepernik and the NFL. While Kaepernick has sued the NFL for collusion which he says has kept him from playing on any team in the league,  they all could learn a history lesson from this 12 year old.  Standing for the flag has nothing to do with racism.  The flag is a symbol of those who serve in the military and who have died for our liberty.

If you are able, make this ceremony part of your Independence Day celebration.  The cemetery is located at 610 S State Street, Provo, UT 84606.

Donate to Preston’s GoFundMe account here.