Video Shows Boy in Wheelchair Pulling Himself to Feet for National Anthem
A boy sitting in a wheelchair at a Tennessee fair struggled to his feet to stand for the National Anthem.
Avery Price, 10, who has a condition that makes it difficult to use his legs, reported Fox 17. He only recently started attempting to walk after a surgery.
The footage was taken by Leah Norris as Price stood before leaning on his father and wheelchair for support during the National Anthem before a demolition derby at the Putnam County Fair on Aug. 5.
“This goes to show that If he can stand for his country, so can you,” Norris wrote in a Facebook post.
“He doesn’t understand the impact he made. It’s not a protest of anything it’s more of our soldiers and our men and women are fighting for our rights to do what we want and Avery done [sic] what he wanted, and he stood up for what he believed and he stood up for his country.”
She called it “one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen” and said the boy’s parents “are raising a fine young man.”
The footage garnered tens of thousands of views and a number of comments.
“Hats off to that young man for showing his support to the men and women who die for this country,” said one Facebook user.
“I am so proud of this young man and the family that is raising him. This country would be a much better place with more people like him in it,” added another.
Several users referenced how players in the National Football League have knelt during the anthem before games as part of a protest against police violence they believe has unduly affected black people, saying the players could learn a lesson from Price.
Family members said that Price is a patriotic child.
“Very proud, very proud to see him do that that makes me feel really good especially through the stuff he’s been through and he still wanted to do that that’s amazing to me,” Stephen Price told Fox 17.
“He’s a very patriotic kid the braces he had before were the American flags he’s always been that way.”