A patriotic 14-year-old Virginia native, Charlie Hecht, is spreading patriotism by turning his neighborhood into a colorful display of American flags, Fox News reported.
Charlie told Fox News that his appreciation for U.S. servicemen and servicewomen came from his father, a commander in the U.S. Navy.
“A lot of people have fought and died for our country in combat, and flying an American flag is a good way to respect them,” Charlie told “Fox Nation.”
Charlie began knocking on doors in his neighborhood and passing out flyers in July to encourage his neighbors to hang an American flag outside their homes. The local Lowes offered a discount for those who purchased larger American flags.
Charlie was overwhelmed by the positive response of his community.
“We just want to inspire patriotism and say thank you to our community …[but] I didn’t really expect anyone to take me seriously … I was very surprised that this many people actually went to Lowes and bought a flag,” he said.
Charlie is set to receive “Fox Nation’s” Unsung Hero award for his incredible work on Nov. 6.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Charlie. As an officer of the U.S. Navy, who wouldn’t be proud of their son going door to door asking people to put up flags,” his dad said. “He understands that he wants to be a part of a project bigger than himself and that is, to me, step one in the making of a patriot.”