The Courageous Patriot Scholarship

Encourage healthy patriotism and full appreciation of what an honor it is to be an American. AWARDS: $250 - $500 - $750 - $1000

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Funds raised here are awarded to Cody and other citizens of exceptional character whose courageous actions support America’s founding principles and heritage.

Cody Alicea is proud to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to The Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  Cody isn’t an Irish American, a Mexican American, an African American or European American…he’s just a plain old American. Appreciation for America and for America’s defenders is not something he hides; for Cody, it’s an honor to proudly and unapologetically display and defend his Americanness.

Unsuspecting Champion.

After being ordered by his Denair, California school superintendent (Edward Parraz) to remove the flag he proudly displayed on the back of his bike in response to complaints by other students with hispanic heritage, Cody stood his ground. It seemed strange to be requested to refrain from showing of support for the veterans in his family. “Well, I didn’t really want to make it an issue, I just like flying my country’s flag. I like being patriotic, so I thought I’d keep it on there,” Alicea said.

Free Press doing its job.

Cody’s stepfather, Robert Kinser, called TV news and Lisa De Los Santos, a local resident, organized a rally in support of Cody, drawing photographers, news crews, motorcyclists and people from all over the city in a grand show of support. State Senator Jeff Denham even offered to fly the 13-year-old to Washington, D.C. for a swearing-in ceremony, and Representative George Radanovich sent him a letter of support declaring that the school’s original decision was “anti-veteran,” stressing that “Many American men and women have given their lives to defend our right to fly the flag — Cody should have that right, too.”

“When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” – Patrick Henry 

Lots of Patriots, assembling peacefully in support.

A group of 500 motorcyclists and a large contingent of Tea Party members escorted the young man to the rally where he thanked everyone for their support and was given a Purple Heart hat, a flag and some other mementos from various groups. From there, several hundred more walkers joined in the march down Main Street toward Cody’s School where everyone gathered around the flagpole to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” and sing our national anthem. After exchanging a hug with Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz, his former school principal, he thanked everyone again for coming and made his way into school.

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  1. Bernie Callap 
    11 months ago
  2. Philip Rose 
    2 years ago
  3. Philip Rose 
    2 years ago
  4. Philip  
    2 years ago

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