If you wish to honor those in the armed forces, you should do it.
It doesn’t matter what age you are or how you choose to honor those brave men and women in uniform.
However, when thoughtless people mock you for being a patriot (and in this case, a good brother), you’re understandably angry.
11-year-old Isaiah Picklesimer’s brother Aaron is in the Navy and on the day after 9/11, Isaiah thought he’d pay Aaron a small tribute by wearing his Navy uniform to school.
His mother Mellanie warned Isaiah that he’d probably get mocked and teased but the brave boy didn’t care.
He wore it proudly though as his mother said, he was taunted by school bullies, who said things like, “Hey pajama boy” and “You look like a joke.”
Mellanie was so infuriated, she took to Facebook in defense of her patriotic son:
This post went viral in just minutes and thankfully, the school also saw it and took action against the bullies.
They also told Isaiah he could wear the uniform to school whenever he wanted, and he was even invited to a Navy Chief Pinning Ceremony that weekend.
But that wasn’t the best thing that happened.
Next door lives a 7th-grader named Nate and when he heard Isaiah was being mocked for wearing his brother’s uniform, Nate told him he’d wear his grandfather’s Army uniform to school.
And that’s exactly what he did.
The next day, the two middle-schoolers showed up to class wearing their uniforms.
Our military members would be so proud.
These kids teamed up against hostility and ignorance and stood tall, and they did it together.
Hard to get more inspiring, especially considering how difficult it can be for youngsters to rise up in the face of stinging adversity at school.
Well done, boys!