A teenager confined to a wheelchair hoisted himself up on his arms to stand during the passing of the American flag at a homecoming parade in Florida.

16 year-old Arek Trenholm was born with spina-bifida, which inhibits the development of the spinal cord, and has been bound to a wheelchair for ten years.

Arek used his arms to rise out of his wheelchair as the junior ROTC walked by waving flags during their homecoming parade.

He was watching the parade in front of his uncle’s photography studio when his sister called attention to what he was doing.

Nothing would stop Arek from displaying his respect and his patriotism, not even paralysis.

Trenholm’s uncle photographed the event and posted it on Facebook, and the response was nothing more than outstanding, as many shared their support and endearing comments for Arek.

Breitbart News reports:

“To all of “Those” that refuse to stand for the Flag of the United States of America…..this is my nephew Arek Trenholm, he has “spina bifida” he used his arms to “STAND” from his wheelchair as our Flag passed by!! He will never be able to “play” football, if he could, he would “stand” as the flag passed or when the “National Anthem” is played. Take a lesson!”

Arek’s mother commented that the teenager stands for all flags, pledges, and national anthems since being diagnosed with his condition at the age of six.

His mother also said he picks out leg braces with the American Flag on it and now has ten pairs.

Some of the comments on Facebook referred to the disrespect of athletes recently when concerned with “kneeling” or “sitting” during the national anthem, but mostly they praised the bravery of Trenholm.

The New York Post reports:

“Arek, I am a US Navy veteran who spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan…and I just want you to know that you are MY hero,” wrote Facebook user Sean Holden.

Maureen Huebel added, “Mr. Leggett- I am the adult child of a Disabled Veteran and also the reigning Mrs. Florida USA Earth. Please send my kudos to your nephew Arek and let him know it would be an honor to shake his hand someday.”

The most popular example is the athlete who started it all: Colin Kaepernick and his response to what he thinks is oppression of the black population in America by kneeling during the national anthem.

His actions have caused many others to follow suit, and the action has gone above freedom of speech rights.

People like Trenholm are the ones who keep disrespectful athletes and citizens alike in line.

Trenholm’s uncle, Myron Leggett, was one of many who praised the actions of the 16 year-old.

Breitbart News reports:

“He didn’t have to do that. He has no excuse to stay seated,” said Leggett. “Nobody told him, nobody encouraged him and he did it on his own. I admire him for that and I’m very proud of him.”

Trenholm, though inadvertently, has shamed those who take advantage of their freedom in the United States, disrespect the American flag which people have died fighting for by calling it nothing more than “a piece of cloth” and kneeling in the wake of it.

What are your thoughts? Should more protestors of the anthem be ashamed of their actions when compared to people like Arek Trenholm? Or is it still just a matter of freedom of speech?

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