Viewers who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union speech did a double take when the camera turned to First Lady Melania Trump.
Some people thought the youngest member of the First Family, Barron Trump, was sporting a new haircut. Then, there was confusion as viewers realized the “mystery boy” sitting beside Melania wasn’t Barron at all.
So who was he, and why was he sitting beside the First Lady?
It turns out 12-year-old Preston Sharp was a guest of honor at the speech, and he earned a standing ovation when Trump mentioned the young boy’s accomplishments.
Though he’s not even 13 years old, Sharp has started a national movement that pays tribute to America’s veterans.
It began with a trip to a local military cemetery with his grandfather when Sharp was just nine. The young boy complained that the tombstones didn’t have any American flags or flowers on them.
Sharp’s mother April told him, “You can’t complain about something unless you try to do something about it,” and he took her words to heart.
Now, three years later, Sharp’s “Flags and Flowers Challenge” earned him a trip to the White House.