[photo via Google]
It warms my heart to know that the gestures of one 13 year old, Cody Alicea has impacted this nation with his simple act of patriotism. Cody rides his bike to school like many children today and on the back of it he proudly displayed our flag, the American Flag. However, caving into the fear of problems to come the school asked Cody to remove his flag to avoid confrontation due to the fact that he attended a multi-cultured school and could possibly face adverse reactions. It must be hard to be so patriotic while living in the midst of such cultural diversity. The school was apprehensive about this flag because of the upset when the Latino children waved the Mexican flag celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Fears of racism, bigotry over shadowed Cody’s ability to express himself as set forth by our bill of rights and Constitution.
It wasn’t long before the community rallied together to offer support and challenge the decision which was quickly reversed.
Cody, being from a home of veterans clearly was honoring not only our troops but of a grandfather who had served our country. So his act was not only one of love for country but of family. How refreshing it is to see this type of love resonating from this young man. What a brave and courageous statement he was making by displaying our flag. What a valuable lesson we all could learn from his unselfish act.
Cody was said to be both, “nervous and proud” by all the support that rallied around him. There is even a facebook page that support Cody’s patriot’s heart. He will be going to Washington and deserves all the fan fare he has received and I pray that we, the adults, can all learn a valuable lesson, one taught to us by a mere 13 year old……
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln