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18-year-old Cole Dotson will have already done something pretty patriotic even before he ships off to U.S. Marine boot camp on June 6.
On Sunday, Dotson was driving by Continental High School when he noticed the Ohio school’s American flag had slipped all the way down the pole and onto the ground.
The former Boy Scout knew this was the last place the Stars and Stripes should be, so he got out of his car, walked over, and picked the flag up.
Dotson called his grandmother for help in finding someone from the school (she works at another area school), then waited with the flag until someone arrived to remedy the situation.
His proud mother, Rhonda Ordway Pester, posted this photo to her Facebook page, which has since been shared over 60,000 times.
When the photo started to go viral, Dotson wrote this on his Facebook page – “Makes me proud. Thank you all for the support! I didn’t intend to get recognized for what I did. But I am sure glad to see the support and respect for the flag. I love this flag and this country. God bless America.”
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