While watching a homecoming parade, a wheelchair-bound teenager chose to stand up as the junior ROTC marched by waving the American flag.
Arek Trenholm, 16, has been bound to a wheelchair for almost ten years due to a condition called spina bifida, which is a birth defect that impairs the development of the spinal chord.
He was at his high school’s local parade and was watching it in front of his uncle’s photography studio in Leesburg, Florida.
After the junior ROTC color guard marched passed him, he used his arms to push off the arms of the wheelchair to stand up for the American flag.
The uncle, Myron Leggett was able to take a picture of Trenholm as he stood up.
“My sister just called out, ‘He’s standing!’ And instantly, I knew what he was doing,” Leggett told ABC News.
Leggett then took the photo and posted it on Facebook, where it has since gone viral and shared more than two thousand times.
His mother, Deree Trenholm said that ever since he was young, he has been standing for the national anthem and the American flag. he even owns several pairs of patriotic leg braces.