A photo of three young boys folding an American flag in Hayden, Idaho, has gone viral, with many praising the boys for their efforts to protect the flag.

Amanda Reallan spotted the boys outside of Hayden Meadows Elementary school on Wednesday. What she saw compelled her to take a photo. Two boys were holding the ends of an American flag together to fold it in half. The third boy laid underneath the flag, so if it slipped from his friends’ hands, it wouldn’t hit the ground, CBS News reported.

Reallan shared the heartwarming picture on Facebook. “Wow! I just watched the most amazing act of Patriotism!” the mom wrote. “Was waiting to pick up my children from school when three boys took down the flag. They were having a hard time making sure it didn’t touch the ground when the third boy laid under it to honor not letting it touch the ground!”

The post has been shared more than 7,000 times with comments saying they are ‘Future law men’ and ‘I’m so PROUD of these boys!!!’.

The boys are fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan, KHQ reports. The three friends explained why the took so much care in folding the flag.

“This is our nation’s flag, this is our school’s flag, it’s how we represent our country,” LeBreck said. “If you let it touch the ground then you disrespect our country is what I heard.”

US Flag Code states that the stars and stripes ‘should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise’. Additionally, ‘the flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free’.

Sources: Daily Mail & CBS News

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