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As 2015 draws to a close, why not take a look back at some of the most inspirational stories of patriotism brought to you by Fox News this year?

From honoring our veterans to protecting Old Glory, all of these stories are evidence of what makes America great.

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

WWII veteran scores touchdown during alumni game at Kansas University


Heartwarming Victory: 89-year-old World War II veteran Bryan Sperry scores a touchdown during The University of Kansas alumni flag football game! Sperry played on the Kansas Football team from 1946-1948. (Via: Kansas Jayhawks)

Posted by Fox News on Wednesday, April 29, 2015


An 89-year-old WWII veteran ran for a touchdown during a Kansas University alumni flag football game in April, which brought back memories of his heyday at the school during the 1946-1948 seasons.

Bryan Sperry, who enrolled in the school after serving in the Army during WWII’s Battle of the Bulge, pulled in a shuffle pass around midfield and took off.

Watch This Hollywood Star Teach His 2-Year-Old Son the Pledge of Allegiance

Shortly after Memorial Day, "Jurassic World" star Chris Pratt shared a video in which he taught his two-year-old son, Jack, the Pledge of Allegiance.


Meant to post this on #MemorialDay but I was in China and my phone wasn't working. I'm proud to be American. I'm blessed to get to travel the world! #IPledgeAllegiance

Posted by Chris Pratt on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Watch Little Girl Interrupt Army 'Welcome Home' Ceremony to Hug Her Dad

This little girl in Colorado hadn't seen her father, an Army soldier, in eight months, and she wasn't about to wait one minute longer.


GIRL WELCOMES SOLDIER FATHER: A video of a young girl running to her father during a homecoming ceremony for the 3rd...

Posted by FB Newswire on Tuesday, October 6, 2015


When the 300 soldiers returned to Fort Carson Tuesday, they were asked - as is customary - to stand in formation for a formal welcome before their commander dismissed them to greet their loved ones.

But Cara Oglesby couldn't help but interrupt, running out of the crowd and across the floor to hug her daddy.

Watch the amazing reunion, above.

Farmers Honor American Sniper Chris Kyle, in Crops

Remember this incredible display?


“I felt like we needed to do something patriotic,” Misty Duren told Todd Starnes. “It hit me one day that it would be great to honor Chris Kyle.”

Soldiers Rally to the Side of Ailing Fort Hood's 'Hug Lady'

The "hug lady" of Fort Hood boosted the spirits of thousands of American soldiers over nearly a decade as they shipped out for Iraq and Afghanistan.

83-year-old Elizabeth Laird never failed to send each man and woman deployed out of the Texas military base off with a hug as they left Killeen/Fort Hood Regional Airport.

This year, the soldiers who felt Laird's kindness rallied to her side, creating a GoFundMe page to help with her medical bills as she battled cancer. Laird passed away on Christmas Eve.

1,000 Strangers Pay Tribute to Veteran Who Had No Family

More than 1,000 strangers showed up one day to say goodbye to a veteran who had no family.

The funeral for Marine Cpl. Billy Aldridge was made open to the public after he died at an Indianapolis nursing home in October.

“This was just unbelievably wonderful,” Tim Elson, a Vietnam War veteran, told FOX59. “That the community would come together and remember a fellow veteran, not knowing him, not knowing anything about him.”

Patriotic Young Boys Praised as Heroes After Rescuing American Flag

A passerby snapped a photo of two young boys retrieving an American flag they found in a ditch on Memorial Day, and the touching photo went viral.

12-year-old Parker Diemel and 11-year-old Ayden Lango appeared on "Fox and Friends" to explain why they took action when they saw the stars and stripes on the ground.

"I was kind of like, 'Why is that in the ditch?'" Parker said. "It's kind of dishonoring the veterans that served America."

Not much needs to be said about this unbelievable moment, as an officer saluted a runner carrying the American flag.


Photo of the Day: A police officer salutes runner Tim Muessig as he carries the American Flag during the Old Glory Cross Country Flag Relay, which helps raise money for veterans.

Posted by Fox News on Thursday, October 29, 2015

A blind teen with cerebral palsy delivered an amazing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the NBA Finals.


There’s no dream too big: 19-year-old Marlana VanHoose, who suffers from cerebral palsy and was born blind, sang the national anthem at the NBA Finals. “I started humming ‘Jesus Loves Me’ as a baby before I could even talk.” Watch her performance on Fox & Friends! #ProudAmerican

Posted by Fox News on Monday, July 6, 2015

Navy Vet Swims Entire Mississippi River to Honor Gold Star Families

A Navy veteran made history this year, becoming the first American to swim the length of the Mississippi River.

Twenty-eight-year-old Chris Ring, a Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, swam the final leg of his 2,552-mile journey in December.

But Ring's amazing achievement is secondary to his larger goal: Raising awareness of Gold Star Families, the designation given to loved ones of soldiers killed in combat.

A WWII Purple Heart recipient delighted the crowd at the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with a little dance that is sure to put a smile on your face.


WWII veteran Erv Casper greets a crowd at the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The Purple Heart recipient was escorted by his grandson, Ben Casper, who is active duty United States Air Force.

Posted by Fox News on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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