One day in Redding, California a young boy was visiting his grandfather's grave. His grandpa was a veteran and was laid to rest at North State cemetery. As he looked around at all the graves, he noticed something was off. Something so off that made him feel angry.
The reason why he was so upset was because not every veteran's grave had a flag on it.
"Yeah, I was really surprised," Preston told Steve Hartman from CBS News.
Hours later, Preston was still irritated about it. His continued frustration prompted his mom to tell him he had two choices.
"Son, if you're going to complain about something, you have to do something about it or let it go," his mom, April, said.
"Well, I'm going to do something about it, Mom," Preston replied.
The next day, Preston had a plan. He took on odd jobs and asked for donations to buy American flags and flowers to put on the graves of veterans. Once he covered all of the graves at North State, he moved on to another.
Almost three years later, he has honored over 40,000 graves. Preston does this every week, rain or shine — especially rain.
"They were out there in the rain doing their job, protecting us," Preston explained.
After he places a flag and fresh flowers next to a veteran's grave, he says, "Thank you for your service." His dedication and respect to all veterans and soldiers has become contagious. Take Fred Loveland for example. The Vietnam veteran is astounded by Preston's service.
"It's just amazing," Loveland said. "What he's doing brings them out, because they can't believe that a young man in this country is doing what he does."
The young patriot has brought out the young and old with this movement. Individuals who served and those who are thankful they did, are all coming together to show their patriotism and respect for the ones that have lost their lives.
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During the State of the Union Address, President Trump recognized Preston and his dedicated work. Trump believed that Preston should be honored for his efforts.
"Preston, a job well done," the president said. "Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. He's something very special. Thank you for all you've done, Preston. Thank you very much."
President Trump renewed his opinion during the SOTU about NFL players taking a knee during the Anthem by saying how much he appreciated Preston for respecting the men and women who fight for our country.
"Preston's reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us of why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance and why we proudly stand for the National Anthem," Trump said.
Watch President Trump’s speech about Preston below:
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