(KTRK, CNN NEWSOURCE) In sleepy Santa Fe, Texas, there's a special little boy at Wollam Elementary.
Five-year-old Royce Woodrow Thompson can recite the Pledge of Allegiance as if it's child play.
On Thursday morning, near the drop-off line, he showed us all how to be true Americans.
Officer Cibby Moore explains what happened right after Royce's mom dropped him off at school. "...so Royce was walking, and as soon as they started the Pledge of Allegiance, he stopped, put his hand on his heart, did the Pledge of Allegiance, did the allegiance to the Texas flag, and then stopped -- They give a moment of silence. -- and he stopped and put his hands together and prayed, and he let all the kids pass him, and he stood his ground."
Mom, Heather Nelson-Thompson, snapped a now-viral photo; she was a little surprised by her son's behavior. "I said, 'What made you do that?' He said, 'That's what you're supposed to do.' I was like, 'Okay.' He said it like, 'Duh, mommy. That's what you're supposed to do.'"
"My mommy took me to school. I heard the Pledge of Allegiance. I stopped and do it,” Royce says.
Royce says he paused rather than race into class, because saying the Pledge and prayer is just what you do.
Proof God and country still come first in some parts.