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Actions of an 18-year-old from Ohio has proven that patriotism isn’t dead.

Continental High School senior Cole Dotson was driving near his school last weekend when he noticed that the American flag had dropped so low on the pole that it was nearly touching the ground. His Boy Scouts training kicked in and instead of driving past, stopped and ran to hold the flag.

He called his grandmother to come and help him raise the flag. His mother, an employee of the school, came as well. She was able to snap the picture (above) that has now been shared nearly 25,000 times.

The district superintendent, Joel Mengerink, weighed in on Dotson’s actions:

“Something like this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Cole. He takes great pride in our country and he knows how to show proper respect to the flag.”

According to Tiffany Gabbay at TruthRevolt, Dotson will be addressing his class at graduation this weekend. He will also be meeting with recruiters to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

It’s great to see young patriots who love their country and its flag; especially at a time when so many are trampling on it and burning it in protest.

Good luck in the future, Cole.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

One Response

  1. Rick Caldwell

    Atta boy Cole. You and your generation give us all Hope..


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