Nicholas DeGregorio, 11, is a fifth-grade trumpet player at Newbridge Road Elementary School in North Bellmore, New York. He couldn't wait to join his school's marching band for the first time on Memorial Day as they paraded through the town. Alas, weather got in the way, as it does. The march was canceled.
But, in today's edition of heartbreakingly sweet local news, a veteran showed up for that parade, unaware it was canceled due to weather, and linked up with the young trumpeter who wouldn't let anything rain on his parade. Yes, you're going to have to stomach several cloying clichés for this story. Of course, every cloud has a silver lining will make an appearance towards the end.
Mary Bellissimo-DeGregorio, Nicholas's mother and one of several good Americans in this story, decided she and her son would simply drive the parade's route while Nicholas blasted away on his trumpet out the window.
This will be you, after you watch the video:
That attracted the attention of one Chris Iannacone, this story's second decent human being and the daughter of a disabled WWII vet. She asked if the parade was on. "They told her that it was canceled," according to the Bellmore Patch, "but that Nicholas would play 'You're a Grand Old Flag' for [her dad] on his trumpet."
And so our final two heroes sat under a cloudy sky and made their own silver lining.