A 10-year-old boy in a wheelchair pulled himself to his feet and stood for the national anthem, which was played at a Tennessee fair on Sunday, Fox News noted.
"I usually sit and put my hand on my heart, but last night I decided to stand … because I like to stand for my country," Avery Price told Fox 17 of the gesture.
The boy has hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects the voluntary muscles, according to the Spastic Paraplegic Foundation.
In Avery Price's instance, it is difficult to use his legs and he is forced to wear braces but this did not stop him from scrambling to his feet when country artists Jenny Leigh sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" Sunday night at the Putnam County Fair in Cookeville, Fox News said.
His parents were beaming with pride for their son.
"That makes me feel really good, especially [considering] the stuff he's been through, and the fact that he still wanted to do that, that's amazing to me," said his dad Stephen Price. "He's a very, very patriotic kid … He's always been that way."
Video footage of Avery Price's patriotism was caught by a woman sitting nearby and uploaded to Facebook.
In the clip, the boy is seen clinging to his father while he struggles to stand upright as the national anthem plays.
The footage drew heaps of praise from other Facebook users.
"As an 8 year United States Air Force veteran Staff Sergeant, I salute this brave young man for the respect he showed our flag. Definitely a shining example of what true American patriots are," one man posted.
"I absolutely love your pride (and) courage," another user said.
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