In June 2014, an 11-year-old boy visited Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. As part of […]
In June 2014, an 11-year-old boy visited Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
As part of the boy’s personal project, titled “Project Vigil,” this little boy spent four days teaching visitors and tourists about three paratroopers who had been buried in the American Cemetery.
On D-Day, the local police would not let the boy enter the cementery, so he took his 48 star WWII era American flag down to Omaha Beach and planted his homemade flagpole firmly in the sand.
All he wanted to do was say thank you to the young Americans who fought and died on that beach exactly 70 years earlier.
As the young boy struggled to hold the flag steady in the forceful wind, he suddenly witnessed a vision of American infantry soldiers heading bravely towards their fate on the morning of June 6, 1944. Moved by this vision, he brought up his hand to salute the past.
Standing alone, holding the American flag, this young boy stood firm and held his salute for over an hour and a half.
While he continued to stand memorializing and honoring our fallen soldiers, interested tourists, children, veterans, well-wishers and all sorts of people went down to see if the story was true, that on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, there stood a boy and an American flag.
His dedication to honoring those who fought for our freedom is deeply moving, and honestly so humbling because he was only 11 years old and yet had such a profound understanding of what true sacrifice means.
Watch this deeply moving video to inspire others to remember and honor all those who fought and died for our freedom.