A little boy in Utah has just shown the country that being patriotic doesn’t require flash or fireworks.
Patriotism can happen when no one is watching.
Wyatt Warner, an 8-year-old who lives near Salt Lake City, rode his electric motorcycle to his friend’s house the other day to see whether his friend wanted to play.
Wyatt rolled across the front lawn and pulled up to the porch, stopping right next to a big American flag hanging on the house.
Wyatt looked at the flag, blowing in the wind, and immediately put his hand over his heart. Still seated on his motorcycle, he recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
What he didn’t know was that the moment was captured by the neighbors’ home security camera. The neighbor shared the video with Wyatt’s mom, Jami Warner.
“I cheered up when I saw it. I thought it so sweet and so cute. It’s just like my Wyatt. Everything he does, he does 100 percent,” Warner told “Inside Edition.”
She didn’t recall, other than at school or a public event, when her son had ever said the pledge. “I can’t remember a time when he did this on his own,” she told Fox News.
Wyatt told ABC News he says the pledge every morning at school. He’s going to be in third grade next year.
“I thought about all the people that died for our country and the troops,” he told ABC. “And I once saw ISIS stepping and burning our flag, and I got really mad ... I knew they were bad people, and I knew they hate Americans.”
His mom told “Inside Edition” that the family talks to Wyatt about the privilege of living in a free country. “We have people in our family who have served. He really does love the country,” she said.
She told Fox News she wanted to share the video publicly to show other parents that kids really do listen to their parents.
“Sometimes we are only looking at them when we notice they are doing something wrong and we need to correct it,” she said. “I wish I could see what my other two do when I am not looking.”
When Wyatt finished reciting the pledge that day, he walked to the front door and rang the doorbell. And as he waited to see whether anyone would answer, he walked over to the flag and for a few seconds gazed solemnly up at Old Glory, still billowing in the sun.