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American Flag etiquette taught to fifth graders by veterans
Indian Trail Elementary School’s fifth graders now know the proper etiquette concerning handling the American Flag, thanks to some caring veterans who came to their school recently to teach them.
Eight members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2423, who have served in many wars including WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, Kuwait, and Djibouti, Africa, came to the school. The group had representatives from the US Navy, Marines and the Army.
“The students were very attentive to the presentation,” said Kim Harris, assistant principal at Indian Trail Elementary. “They asked questions about the flag, learned the proper way to put their hands over their hearts, remove their hats, and stand as a show of respect when pledging or when the National Anthem is played.”
Harris said students questioned the veterans about their specific experiences. “Some of the questions were in regards to their medals, uniforms, duties, travels and injuries,” she said. “I hope that what they took away from the presentation was a sense of patriotism, respect, and honor for our flag and those who have fought to protect our liberties.”
The veterans also talked about certain traditions such as the proper way to raise and lower the flag, how to display the flag, and how to fold it properly.
“The group also shared with students the importance of showing respect during the Pledge of Allegiance and when the National Anthem is played,” Harris said.
Of special interest to the students was a World War II veteran from the 13th Infantry Division who served during the invasion of Normandy, France on Omaha Beach. “During Mr. Crump’s service in the war he was wounded three times,” Harris said.
“Indian Trail Elementary is very appreciative to VFW Post 2423 for taking the time to share a piece of our country’s history and the importance of respecting the US Flag,” Harris said.
Written by: Kim Harris, assistant principal at Indian Trail Elementary
Posted: Oct 30, 2009 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator