ROSEBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Two Roseboro boys seen reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in a viral photo led the pledge at Roseboro’s town board meeting Tuesday night.
The town honored 6-year-old Derrick Ingram and 8-year-old Thomas Jones for their patriotism and positive impact. Roseboro’s fire department chaplain, Bobby Herring, was raising the flag in front of the fire station Friday when he spotted the boys with their hands over their hearts saying the pledge.
“Whenever I saw that I basically came to a standstill,” he said. “It just grabbed me in a special way and I just knew I had to get a picture of it.”
Herring said he couldn’t get his phone out quickly enough, so he asked the boys to recite the pledge again and sent the picture to the fire chief who posted it on Facebook. It’s been shared more than 8,000 times.
The boys said it never crossed their mind not to honor the flag.
“For the people who’ve been in wars to make our country free,” Jones explained.
“To protect our country,” Ingram added.
“It’s times like these, moments in time, that brings us all together as one,” Herring said.
The boys’ mothers, who are sisters, said they’re extremely proud of their sons, but a little overwhelmed with all the attention.
When Ingram’s mother Journey Pearson heard about the viral photo, “It literally brought tears to my eyes,” she said. “I was at work crying and showing everybody my phone.”
Jones’s mother, Rickeya Brown, said this will give both boys a reason to be proud for a long time.
“When they get our age, they’ll be telling somebody, ‘Look, this is what we did and we made a difference.'”