Three fifth-graders in Idaho were captured in a heartwarming photo protecting the American flag by any means necessary.

KHQ Local News reported that Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck and Casey Dolan were tasked with making sure the flag was taken down and folded properly.

The photo, taken by parent Amanda Reallan, shows LeBreck laying on the ground underneath Old Glory to ensure it didn't touch the pavement, while the other two boys folded it above him.

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“This is our nation's flag, our school's flag, it's how we represent our country,” Jack LeBreck said. "If you let it touch the ground, it means you disrespect our country is what I've heard of."

KHQ reported that Mac McCarty, the school's custodian, taught the boys how to fold the flag properly.

LeBreck said Monday on "Fox & Friends" that he quickly thought of laying underneath the flag to protect it due to the windy conditions that day.

McCarty, a 20-year Air Force veteran, comes from a family of servicemen and said that he was proud of the trio for their patriotic act.

“They did themselves proud, they did their families proud, they did our school proud and our community and I'm very proud of them and I'm sure their families are very proud of them as well,” McCarty said.

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