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Viral video shows wheelchair-bound boy stand for national anthem at Tennessee fair

A viral video is making the rounds, featuring a young boy who is wheelchair-bound standing for the national anthem at a Tennessee fair. (Image source: Facebook video screenshot)

Facebook user Leah Norris caught the moment a patriotic young boy — who is apparently wheelchair-bound — stood for the playing of the national anthem at a Tennessee fair, according to WZTV-TV.

What are the details?

Norris said she attended a demolition derby Sunday night at the Putnam County Fair when she caught the heartwarming moment on video.

During performer Jenny Leigh's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," a young boy — who wore braces on his legs — struggled to get out of his wheelchair. Norris did not fail to notice the young boy and his dedication to standing for the playing of the national anthem.

In the video, the young boy — who WZTV identified as 10-year-old Avery Price — can be seen standing in the video, leaning on who the outlet identified as his father, as well as his wheelchair, in order to remain upright for the anthem.

According to the station, Avery suffers from HSP — a condition similar to cerebral palsy — which makes it difficult for him to use his legs.

Norris shared the video on Sunday, and captioned it, "One of the most touching things I’ve ever seen tonight! This young man was struggling to stand for the anthem as he had braces on both legs with his Dad patting his back in support of helping him. You may or may not agree and that’s your choice. But this goes to show that If he can stand for his country, so can you. I’m not sure who this boy or his family is, or if it’ll ever reach them again. But his parents are raising a fine young man."

At the time of this writing, the video has received over 55,000 views.

Does the young boy realize the impact he made?

Norris said that the young boy doesn't realize the impact he made in standing for the national anthem, despite his infirmity.

"He doesn't understand the impact he made," Norris said, according to the news outlet. "It’s not a protest of anything it’s more of our soldiers and our men and women in uniform 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."

WZTV spoke with Avery's father, Stephen, who expressed pride in his son.

" ... [V]ery proud to see him do that," Stephen said. "That makes me feel really good, especially for the stuff he’s been through and that he still wanted to do that, that’s amazing to me."

Stephen added, "He’s a very patriotic kid. The braces he had beforehand were the American flags. He’s always been that way."

Avery told the station, “I usually sit and put my hand on my heart, but last night I decided to stand … because I like to stand for my country.”

According to the station, Avery just started walking after a successful procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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