Twelve-year-old to be honored at Trump’s SOTU for placing U.S. flags, flowers at graves of veterans

On Monday, the Redding Record Searchlight reported that Preston Sharp, a local 12-year-old boy referred to last year as a “Pied Piper of Patriotism,” will be a guest at Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech on Tuesday.  According to the report, the young man is being honored for placing U.S. flags and flowers at the graves of area veterans since 2015.

The report further says Sharp is attending at the invitation of Donald and Melania Trump and will sit in the House of Representatives gallery with the first lady during the speech.

Jim Schultz said the young man began placing flowers and flags “after visiting his U.S. Navy veteran grandfather’s grave, only to discover that there were no flags placed on the graves of veterans.”

So, Shultz wrote, “he began to take it upon himself to do so.”

“I knew I wanted to do something, because if it wasn’t for them fighting for us then we wouldn’t be here,” Sharp said.

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He also has a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the flags and the flowers.

Schultz added:

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the presidential guests  “one of the most important traditions” of the State of the Union addresses.

Other invited presidential guests include a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who lost both his legs and eyesight in Iraq in 2007; a fire prevention technician who saved 62 people, including children, when a Southern California wildfire encircled their camp in July; and four parents whose children were killed by gang members.

Still other guests include a police officer who adopted a child from opioid-addicted parents; first-time homeowners; small-business owners who offered employees larger holiday businesses due to a package of tax cuts signed by Trump; founder of The Cajun Navy, a nonprofit group that engages in rescue efforts; and an Army staff sergeant who aided a team member wounded in November by an IED, saving his life.

Meanwhile, Democrats — at least, those who aren’t boycotting the speech — have invited so-called “Dreamers,” victims of sexual assault to promote the #MeToo hashtag campaign and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D- N.Y., will bring San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.

A report at ABC affiliate WPVI said that Democrats will also bring transgender veterans, and Bill Nye, the alleged “science guy” known for pushing global warming hysteria, will be the guest of one GOP House member:

Bill Nye, a critic of the Trump administration’s environmental polices, will be the guest of Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK, Trump’s nominee to head up NASA. Berdenstine, known for his past comments dismissing man-made causes for global warming, has developed a relationship with Nye, who said he is enjoying a “productive working relationship” with the congressman.

The report doesn’t mention Sharp.

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