Simple challenge to fly the American flag has taken on new meaning

An Arizona man has issued a patriotic challenge that has quickly gone viral on social media, and it’s as simple as flying the American flag.

Bryce Wagoner is just a regular guy in Sun Valley who loves his country and proudly displays its flag.

Just over a week ago, Wagoner posted on his Facebook page a 23-second video of himself holding his cat, challenging everybody to “go get a flag, put it in your front lawn, and display it proudly.”

The video was picked up by 12 News, a local television station, and has been viewed over 4 million times as of Tuesday.

People from all over the world have responded to Wagoner’s challenge, posting pictures of their own flags on 12 News’ Facebook page.

Wagoner made his video in response to the #EricSheppardChallenge which challenged disgruntled youths to post videos of themselves degrading the American flag.

Eric Sheppard, a student at Valdosta State University in Georgia, was part of an April 17 demonstration where he stomped on the American flag.  That demonstration was disrupted when Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart was arrested for taking the demonstrators’ flag.

Sheppard went into hiding after his backpack was found by campus police with a gun inside.

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The flag-flying challenge video begins with Wagoner saying, “To all the people I see on the Internet stomping on the flag.”  In an interview with WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., Wagoner said he was glad the message went this far.

“It’s a simple message but it has a lot of meaning to a lot of people,” he said.

“Just go put up a flag and display that you’re a proud American.”

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Steve Berman

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