CODY ALICEA’S PLEDGE:  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to The Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

BLAMING THE FLAG: In response to “racial tensions,” student complaints and threats stemming from a Cinco de Mayo incident over the Mexican flag, a school supervisor of the Denair, CA School District ordered young Cody Alicea to remove the American flag from the back of his bike while on school grounds. Alicea, 13, said he put a flag there as a show of support for the veterans in his family.

PROUD AMERICAN: “Well, I didn’t really want to make it an issue, I just like flying my country’s flag. I like being patriotic. So I thought I’d keep it on there,” Alicea said.

FREE PRESS & INTERNET POWER: Cody’s stepfather, Robert Kinser, called TV news and before long the story garnered national attention. In an effort to show the country that Denair, as a community, is not anti-American, Lisa De Los Santos, a local resident, organized a rally in support of Cody. The rally drew photographers, news crews, motorcyclists and people from all over the city in a grand show of support. State Senator Jeff Denham even offered to fly the 13-year-old to Washington, D.C. for a swearing-in ceremony, and Representative George Radanovich sent him a letter of support declaring that the school’s original decision was “anti-veteran,” stressing that “Many American men and women have given their lives to defend our right to fly the flag — Cody should have that right, too.”

PEACEFUL, PATRIOTIC ASSEMBLY: A group of 500 motorcyclists and a large contingent of Tea Party members escorted the young man to the rally where he thanked everyone for their support and was given a Purple Heart hat, a flag and some other mementos from various groups. From there, several hundred more walkers joined in the march down Main Street toward Cody’s School where everyone gathered around the flagpole to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” and sing our national anthem. After exchanging a hug with Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz, his former school principal, he thanked everyone again for coming and made his way into school.

BACKING DOWN: Having received calls from around the world, as far away as Afghanistan, Parraz apologized and took responsibility for the incident, making a complete about-face, even saying that he’d be happy if every kid in Denair had a flag on his bike. “This happened on my watch,” he said, pledging to learn from the issue and move the district ahead.”This American flag, you’re not going to win in attacking the American flag. It’s just not going to happen.”

OLD GLORY BACK ON DISPLAY: Since the reversal, Cody is once again proudly flying his American flag from his bike again. His father, Shawn Alicea, said his son didn’t expect the matter to grow into a national issue. “He’s such a soft-spoken kid. But he’s taken it quite well. He’s got a lot of support.”

S O C i A L L Y    S P E A K I N G

YouTube: “What an incredible young man!!!! That anyone in this country would even think of telling a citizen they couldn’t fly our flag is totally disgusting. It stands for freedom and equality and isn’t that what all those immigrants have come to this country for in the first place. This is not Mexico, Iran, or Cuba – it is America – land of the free because of the brave. My only regret is that I wasn’t there to help escort him in to school with my flag flying high and proud!!!” – Carolyn Slatas

The Blaze: “Grateful Cody was smart enough to be ‘outspoken’ about his rights.” – happywoman

Prager Discussion: “Every classroom should display an American flag to remind each and every student exactly which country is paying for the students’ education. The Superintendent should be fired.” – MNPrager

–  W O R T H Y    F U N D R A i S E R S  –

VetAir: Vet Air transport service is available to all American Veterans who would be suffer financially, cannot make other arrangements or need quicker transport to their VHA health care facilities,

The American Veteran Transportation Endowment: This Catalyst Endowment Fundraiser will help American Veterans across our nation and around the world who require assistance in making arrangements and paying for burdensome transportation services.

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