Teen Protects U.S. Flag From Touching The Ground

"I was just doing what I thought was my duty as an American citizen and future Marine."

Cole Dotson, an 18-year-old high school senior from Continental, Ohio, is being praised for his simple, yet heartfelt patriotic act last week.

Dotson was driving near his school when he noticed the American flag in the front of the building was at the bottom of the pole and in danger of touching the ground.

Knowing that a flag touching the ground is in violation of U.S. Code, Dotson left his car and held the flag up from the ground. He also called his grandmother, who works at the school, for help.

"I was just doing what I thought was my duty as an American citizen and future Marine," Dotson told ABC News.

He is slated to report for Marine boot camp on June 6, following in the footsteps of his father, a former Marine.

"Something like this wouldn't be out of the ordinary for Cole," Loel Mengerink, the school's superintendent, told CNN. "He takes great pride in our country and he knows how to show proper respect to the flag,"

Rhonda Orday Pastor, Dotson's mother, snapped a photo of his incredible act — and it went viral on Facebook.


"This is the true representation of what [he] believes in and what he has been taught in Scouting, that the colors don't touch the ground," his mother wrote on Facebook after the post went viral. "I am glad he could be an inspiration to others."

Dotson is proud that his act inspired people to respect the flag.

"I didn't intend to get recognized for what I did," he wrote on Facebook. "But I am sure glad to see the support and respect for the flag. I love this flag and this country. God bless America."

A Plus reached out to Cole Dotson for a comment.


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