As 2016 draws to a close, we're taking a look back at some of the most inspirational stories of patriotism from the past year.

From a young boy respecting the Pledge of Allegiance to a World War II veteran delivering a stunning rendition of the national anthem, these stories embody what makes America great.

Take a look below, and share your favorite patriotic story on social media, using #ProudAmerican.


Texas Boy Running Late to School Stops for Pledge, Prayer

Kindergartner Royce Thompson of Santa Fe, Texas was running late to class when he stopped just outside the entrance to his school, because he heard the students inside reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.


WWII Vet Stuns Pearl Harbor Crowd With Moving National Anthem on Harmonica

World War II veteran Peter DuPre paid tribute those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem on his harmonica.


Chris Kyle's Texas Hometown Unveils $1 Million Memorial, Statue

Officials in Odessa, Texas, held a ceremony this summer to unveil a $1 million statue and memorial in remembrance of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle.


Last 9/11 Search-and-Rescue Dog Honored by Firefighters Moments Before Her Death

The last known living search dog who helped recover victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks died in a Houston suburb at age 16, getting a hero's farewell from two dozen firefighters.


Notre Dame B-Ball Player Surprised by Military Brother in Emotional Reunion

University of Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell got the surprise of a lifetime when his brother, who was serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, surprised him on the court after an Fighting Irish victory on December 19.


Powerful Photo: Haiti-Born Cadet Cries as He Graduates from West Point

A stunning photo shows an emotional Haiti-born cadet, Alix Idrache, as he graduated from West Point with more than 950 of his classmates.


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