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Video/Pics: Student who defended American flag honored for his patriotism

The American flag (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell)
March 24, 2024

Cameron Blasek, the 17-year-old high school student who went viral for refusing to remove the American flag from his truck after school officials instructed him to remove it, recently received a free custom wrap of the American flag on his truck. Blasek was also honored by the American Legion for his defense of the flag.

The 17-year-old high school student made the news after standing his ground and defending the American flag when his counselor and vice principal from East Central High School allegedly told him he could not have the American flag displayed on his truck while it was in the school’s parking lot.

Shortly after Blasek was told that he was not allowed to have the flag displayed on his truck at school, East Central High School Principal Tom Black issued a letter to parents explaining that the school district had decided to reverse its decision and allow students to display the American flag on vehicles in the school’s parking lot.

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According to Fox 19, Cincinnati’s GCI Digital Imaging upgraded the 17-year-old’s pickup truck for free with a custom wrap of the American flag. The custom wrap, which features the flag’s stars and stripes, can be seen in pictures and a video shared on social media by Collin Rugg, co-owner of Trending Politics.

Fox 19 reported that Blasek was amazed by the transformation of his truck and shared how happy he was to be able to display the American flag on his truck.

“I’m pretty happy that now I get to pull up to school in this thing, and I am happy to show off this American pride that I’ve been shown,” Blasek said.

Blasek was also honored recently by the American Legion for defending the American flag, according to Fox 19. Veterans from the American Legion presented Blasek with the Red, White, and Blue Award and $3,000 for his display of patriotism.

“All I ever wanted in the first place was just to fly the American flag on the back of my truck,” Blasek told Fox 19. “I didn’t want anything more or less than that.”

Jean Wilson, a U.S. Army veteran who attended Blasek’s ceremony, emphasized the importance of people standing up for their beliefs. “The American flag means a lot to myself and my entire family,” Wilson told Fox 19. “We have many who have served in the military, defending our country for people to have the right to choose, have the right to say what they believe in, just as Cameron did. So it’s so important.”