Photo Of 11-Year-Old Holding Salute For 90 Minutes Went Viral, Here’s The Story Behind It

Updated December 13, 2016

For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the boy in the video and his father went to France to honor those who fought for freedom against Hitler and the Nazis in World War II. But this boy didn’t just want to visit the place that was the site of one of the deadliest battles in the history of war, this boy wanted to honor the honorable fallen soldiers who fought their way up every inch of the Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

The boy wore a uniform and took an American flag out and then stood on the coast as the water came in and out and saluted the memory of those brave men. But this 11-year-old boy went above and beyond his duty as an American citizen. Not only did he salute the honorable men who fought and died on Omaha Beach, he also spent four days in the American Cemetery where he taught visitors about three paratroopers who were buried there.

Watch the video about this boy and his dedication to Project Vigil in the heartwarming video below…

America today seems to be more divided than ever before. People including those considered heroes to today’s youth, throw away everything and disgrace the flag and the National Anthem.

Thankfully one boy recognizes the true heroes of this country – the brave men and women who fight from the United States military.

The boy in the video wanted to honor the troops from World War II. But on D-Day, June 6th, 2014, the French police banned him from entering the American cemetery. Determined to do something memorable, the boy brought his 48 star WWII era American flag to Omaha Beach.

He planted his homemade flag pole firmly in the sands that ran red with American bloods seven decades ago.

The boy wanted to honor the young Americans who risked their life and limb to fight for freedom and democracy.

With the help of his military-loving father, the boy unfurled the flag in the wind, which was so strong it almost knocked the 11-year-old boy down.

But then the boy turned toward the English channel and he could imagine the American troops coming into the German-occupied lands and fighting with everything they had.

The boy was moved by his vision of those troops so he raised his hand to salute them. But he did not quit there. He continued to salute those soldiers for an hour and a half straight.

This 11-year-old boy became a spectacle. French citizens and tourists alike stopped to photograph him with the large American flag blowing in the wind.

While saluting, the boy hummed the songs that would have been his heroes’ favorites including Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol.”

As he imagined many of these men dying on the beach, he momentarily stopped his salute to wipe the tears away.

But then something beautiful and magical joined the boy at the 5:02 mark.

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