Boy in wheelchair holds himself up to stand for national anthem at Tennessee fair

Boy in wheelchair holds himself up to stand for national anthem at Tennessee fair. (Courtesy Leah Norris)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A boy in a wheelchair's stand for the U.S. flag is warming hearts across middle Tennessee.

Leah Norris told FOX 17 News she captured the special moment during the demolition derby at the Putnam County Fair on Sunday night.

Norris said when the "Star-Spangled Banner" was being performed by Jenny Leigh, it wasn't what she heard but rather what she saw that brought tears to her eyes.

A boy, with braces on both legs, was struggling to stand for the national anthem. The boy, identified as Avery Price, is seen hanging onto his father for support and the man pats his son's back with encouragement.

Price, just 10 years old, has a condition that makes it difficult for him to use his legs — but that didn’t stop him from exercising free speech when the anthem played.

"This goes to show that If he can stand for his country, so can you," Norris wrote in a post.

"He doesn't understand the impact he made," Norris said. "It’s not a protest of anything it’s more of our soldiers and our men and women are fighting for our rights to do what we want and Avery done what he wanted, and he stood up for what he believed and he stood up for his country."

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FOX 17 News caught up with the Price family, who is very proud of their son.

"Very proud very proud to see him do that that makes me feel really good especially through the stuff he’s been through and he still wanted to do that that’s amazing to me," Stephen Price said. "He’s a very patriotic kid the braces he had before were the American flags he’s always been that way."

Avery had only recently started attempting to walk after a surgery at a Nashville medical center.

Since this story aired and has been shared millions of times, Avery has been selected by his peers for homecoming court of the 5th grade and August 10 has been named "Avery Price Day" in Cookeville.

Avery was also surprised by Gnash and Preds Maverick with an invite to Smashville for a Preds game this October.

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