11-year-old plays trumpet for World War II veteran after parade gets cancelled

He paid a touching tribute to the martyrs of his country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 6, 2016 4:22 pm
11 year old pays tribute to world war II veteran, memorial day tribute, 11 year old plays trumpet for war veteran after parade gets cancelled, Nicholas Degregorio An 11-year-old schooled his countrymen on how to treat their military veterans and martyrs. (Source: Mary Degregorio/YouTube)

An 11-year-old schooled his countrymen on how to treat their military veterans and martyrs.

While most of us feel awkward facing crowds and some even experience stage fear, Nicholas Degregorio — who is 11-years-old — was excited to be a part of the marching band on Memorial Day. Memorial Day is an American observance in honour of its military men martyred in active service. Nicholas was crushed when the parade got cancelled due to unfavourable weather. Mary Degregorio, Nicholas’ mother, said he, “felt so bad for all of the veterans that would not have a parade in honor of all their fallen comrades.”

The Degregorios decided to do their bit nevertheless. “We drove the parade route with Nicholas playing the trumpet out the window for all to hear and we ended up at the memorial by Nicholas’ elementary school,” Degregorio said. A woman then approached her asking if the parade was still on as her father was on the way behind her. Nicholas volunteered to play ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’ on his trumpet when he learnt that the woman’s father was a World War II disabled veteran. You’re a Grand Old Flag is a staple American patriotic march song.

Watch the touching video here.

In the video, as young Nicholas concentrates on his notes, the World War II veteran — identified as Chris Iannacone — can be seen responding enthusiastically to the tunes despite being confined to a wheelchair. The video has received almost 60,000 views.

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