Florida Elementary Students Fold American Flag Properly…in the Rain
Two Florida Elementary Students, Isaac Davis and Nate Helmath, both 11, are on the Safety Patrol at Coppergate Elementary School in Jacksonville. It was time to dismiss for the day, and pouring down rain. But in spite of the inclement weather, the two boys took down the American Flag, and calmly folded it properly. They were drenched in the process, according to reports.
Part of the duties of the school’s safety patrols include taking down the flag. But they didn’t just bunch it up and run for cover because of the rain and wind.
Nate’s father is an Army veteran. Nate told the local news, “I feel like it was the respectful thing to do.” He’s right, it was.
Learning the proper way to fold an America flag is another issue – the boys understood that it mattered how it was treated. Thirteen folds, ending with stars on the outside…pretty awesome for a couple of 11 year olds.
Coppergate Elementary School Media Specialist Kim Emikowski saw the boys in the rain and took a picture. She posted it to the school’s Facebook page with the caption, “This is what respect looks like at Coppergate.”
“They were folding the flag reverently. They were reverent. And they were doing 13 folds … and you know, our country is in a little bit of turmoil … it just struck me,” Emikowski said.
Davis also instinctively knows the picture is bringing out the good in people.
“I feel like we have good people in the country and that we should all be good,” Isaac said.
For Emikowski, the picture represents patriotism. She admits that sometimes safety patrol members get wet, but she felt the picture offers hope during a critical time.
The boys held the flag close to protect it as they went back inside. In this day and age of burning the flag, stomping it, tearing it, and disrespecting all that it stands for, these two kids acted in the opposite fashion.
The flag represents a lot of thing, but recently, the left has tried to change the history and narrative of that flag. They have attempted to indoctrinate many of our youth to believe the flag is evil. Nate and Isaac have proven them wrong. Isaac is correct: there are still good people in America.