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Student with Down syndrome donates U.S. flag to school

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A high school student thought the American flag at his high school was too small, so he used his savings to buy a new one.

David Fields is a senior with Down syndrome at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, and he might be the most patriotic person you'd ever meet.

Fields loves the U.S. Armed Services, the American flag, and his country more than anything. He can recite the songs from each branch by heart, but, "The Army Goes Rolling Along" is his go-to song because the Army is his favorite branch of them all.

He recently was awarded his school's Patriot Award for his daily acts of patriotism, which includes hanging a flag from his backpack. Fields decided his school's American flag was too small, so he used his savings to buy Prairie a much larger one.

"They go out for our country and fight for our freedom," Fields said. "Proud to be American, citizens, Thank you, God Bless."

In his free time, Fields is a part of the Prairie cheerleading team, where he does the flags.

According to his mother, seeing torn and battered flags upsets him. People now go to him with their flags, and he'll go through the proper ceremony of retiring them. His mother said it's an emotional experience for him.

Field's dream would be to join the U.S. Army. While people with Down syndrome are not able to, he was awarded an honorary enlistment as an army man.

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