An 11-year-old boy decided he wasn’t going to let a few storms get in the way of a proper Memorial Day tribute.
Nicholas DeGregori was distraught when he heard that the North Bellmore, NY holiday parade was no longer going to happen, he decide to take matters into his own hands.
“Nicholas felt so bad for all of the veterans that would not have a parade in honor of all their fallen comrades,” Nicholas’ mom, Mary DeGregorio, explained in her YouTube post. “Myself, my husband, Nick Degregorio and my son first went to the memorial at the train station, but it was over so then 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.”
In the now-viral video above, you’ll see DeGregorio playing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” on his trumpet for Chris Iannacone, a disabled WWII veteran that he met at his elementary school. It’s clear from Iannacone’s expression that his small act of kindness made a huge difference.
“He was thrilled and Nicholas was thrilled as well to have the opportunity to play for him and brighten his morning,” DeGregorio said, according to ABC7. “Behind every cloud is a silver lining.”