The concept of respecting America and the men and women who fight to protect freedom and liberty for all is something many folks are struggling with, from professional athletes and celebrities kneeling during the national anthem to protest the police to left-wing radicals who get their kicks burning Old Glory.
But for others, it’s something that just goes without saying, an innate respect that has nothing to do with politics or race or anything else.
Several students at Indiana’s Princeton Community Primary School set the example when they heard The Star Spangled Banner before a recent girl’s softball game, and it didn’t go unnoticed.
“What a great picture of some of our students at our after school program!” the North Gibson School Corporation posted to Facebook, along with a picture of at least five young boys standing at attention, hands over their hearts.
“They stopped playing without being asked to pay their respects as The Star Spangled Banner played at the softball game. Good luck to the Lady Tigers! #ProudToBeATiger”
WFIE also picked up the image and shared it online.
“The students covered their hearts to show respect until the song was over,” according to the news site. “If you are curious about the game, Wood Memorial won over the Lady Tigers, 17-5.”
Regardless of the loss, folks who commented online are calling it a win.
“I took this picture and I can’t say how much this touched my heart,” Angela Mascon-Turpin posted to Facebook.
“At least some are brought up right,” Rick Morris added.
“Parents raising their children with love and respect of country!” Sandy Mahady wrote.
The Indiana students aren’t the only youngsters who’ve made headlines with their patriotism in recent weeks.
Four-year-old Landon Mak “crushed it” when he performed the Star Spangled Banner at a Hershey Bears hockey game in Pennsylvania earlier this month, a performance complete with U.S.A. themed suspenders, bowtie and shoes.
We found the real highlight throughout the sports world tonight! Local 4-year-old Landon Mak sang tonight’s National Anthem in front of 10,000+ fans at Giant Center, and he CRUSHED IT! #HBH #DefendTheDen pic.twitter.com/liJQx9w6tL
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) March 14, 2019
“We found the real highlight throughout the sports world tonight!” the club posted to Twitter with a video March 13. “Local 4-year-old Landon Mak sang tonight’s National Anthem in front of 10,000+ fans at Giant Center, and he CRUSHED IT! #HBH #DefendTheDen”
Not only did Landon perform flawlessly, he did so without ever taking his hand off his heart.