After Seeing a Veteran’s Grave Disrespected This 10 Year Old Spent 2 Years Making it Right
Even at the young age of 10, Preston Sharp understood that veterans deserve honor and respect. So when he went to visit his grandfather’s grave on Veteran’s Day in 2015, he found most of the graves neglected and forgotten, and he knew he needed to make things right. For the next two years, he would make sure over 23,000 veterans’ gravesites no longer lacked the attention they deserved.
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When Sharpe visited his grandfather’s grave in Redding, California, he was disturbed to find that none of the graves had flowers or American flags or any other acknowledgement of the sacrifice these veterans made for the country they’d served. The young boy carried this burden with him until his mom gave him an ultimatum.
“If you’re going to complain about something, you’re going to have to do something about it or let it go,” his mother said.
“Well, I’m going to do something about it, Mom.” And he did.
It started out as just a single boy using his allowance and any donations he could get here and there to place flags and flowers on every single grave in his grandfather’s cemetery. At every grave, he’d thank the veteran by name for their service to the country. He even inspired others to come to the cemetery to help him. But he didn’t stop there. After he finished honoring the graves in Redding, he decided to keep going.
He decided he wanted to honor the veterans in all the cemeteries in California. But to do that, Sharpe knew he was going to need a lot of help. After all, he was only a young boy relying on his allowance and a few donations.
So Preston created a GoFundMe account and for every Sunday for two years, he would visit graves and make sure they were taken care of and the veterans were remembered.
Those who donated to his GoFundMe left kind words and expressed gratitude towards the young boy and his noble cause.
As of June 30, 2017, Sharpe has raised $30,000 of his $50,000 goal. He is limited to Northern California currently, but he plans to visit other states to honor more veterans in the years to come.