Teen Holds Flag Off The Ground For 20 Minute Wait

Student holds flag

A photo a mother shared of her son standing outside his high school has touched thousands across the nation this week, as he stood holding an American flag, respectfully refusing to let it touch the ground.

Cole Dotson, 18, is a senior at Continental High School.  He drove past the school Sunday morning, May 22, and saw the flag had fallen to the ground.  Instead of driving on by, he stopped, picked it up off the ground, and called his grandmother, who works at the school, asking her to have a school official come help him get the flag back up. Then he stood there holding it for about 20 minutes until help arrived.

His mother posted the photo to her facebook page, with the following message:

“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! ‪#‎bleedingredwhite&blue”

Cole is senior class president, and will be a speaker at his high school graduation Sunday, May 29.   He will then report to Parris Island, South Carolina, for Marine boot camp on June 6.

“I was just doing what I thought was my duty as an American citizen and future Marine,” Dotson said.



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