A 10-year-old boy in a wheelchair is inspiring the nation after a viral video captured his response to hearing the national anthem at a Tennessee fair on Sunday night.
The boy, Avery Price, reportedly uses the wheelchair because he suffers from hereditary spastic paraplegia syndrome, which makes it hard to use his own legs.
However, that didn’t stop him from literally pulling himself to his feet for the national anthem to show respect to America.
Watch the awesome video below:
“I usually sit and put my hand on my heart, but last night I decided to stand … because I like to stand for my country,” Avery told Fox 17.
Avery’s dad, Stephen Price, told the news outlet he is so proud of his son.
“That makes me feel really good, especially [considering] the stuff he’s been through, and the fact that he still wanted to do that, that’s amazing to me,” the father said. “He’s a very, very patriotic kid. He’s always been that way.”
The video of Avery’s patriotic gesture was going viral on Tuesday after a woman standing nearby posted it on Facebook.
“One of the most touching things I’ve ever seen tonight! This young man was struggling to stand for the anthem as he had braces on both legs with his Dad patting his back in support of helping him. You may or may not agree and that’s your choice,” the woman wrote. “But this goes to show that If he can stand for his country, so can you. I’m not sure who this boy or his family is, or if it’ll ever reach them again. But his parents are raising a fine young man.”
A fine young man, indeed.