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Chesapeake teen who spearheaded local ‘Patriotism Project’ receives national recognition

Posted at 9:36 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 22:18:53-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Chesapeake boy who took action to cover his neighborhood in red, white and blue was recognized on a national stage for his patriotism.

Over the summer, News 3 reporter Erin Miller told you about 14-year-old Charlie Hecht and his “Patriotism Project.

He saw there weren’t enough American flags on display in his neighborhood, so he struck a deal with a local Lowe’s, which gave a discount on flags to anyone who brought in a flyer that Charlie created. News 3 Anchor Beverly Kidd also gave him a People Taking Action award for his efforts.

On July 4, he reunited with Erin after he accomplished his goal.

Fox News recently presented Charlie with a Patriot Award. It’s an honor for American heroes – typically for military members and first responders – but Charlie was picked out of the entire country as an “Unsung Hero.”

Congratulations, Charlie!