First-grader ‘sat saluting screen for entire 10 min while tears rolled down his face’ during Memorial Day tribute

A first-grade teacher in Charlotte, N.C., was pleased that at least one student understood that the Memorial Day holiday is meant for more than barbecues.

On the Thursday before Memorial Day, Pineville Elementary teacher Emily Rose Fontana showed her class a video about the day’s meaning and noticed one student doing something special.

“This little special angel sat saluting the screen for the entire 10 min while tears rolled down his face,” Fontana wrote on Facebook, posting a photo that has been shared more than 1,700 times. “I will remember this day for a long long time. It shows how small a child can be and have one of the biggesssttttt hearts I have ever witnessed.”

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Fontana told NBC Charlotte that the day holds special meaning for her, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran who has been to Iraq many times to train other soldiers.

“My dad has put so many years into the military and has watched so many best friends pass away,” she said. ”So I am a big believer to still teach the real meaning of Memorial Day.”

It looks like her lesson is getting through.


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