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Veterans visit Hemby Bridge Elementary to teach flag protocol
Visitors to Hemby Bridge Elementary School near arrival and dismissal times may notice fifth graders performing an important task.
Fifth-grade students at Hemby Bridge are charged with the responsibility of raising and lowering the American flag.
To help students understand this responsibility, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Indian Trail Post 2423 visited Hemby Bridge Elementary on Sept. 13, 2013.
Members explained the symbolism behind the flag, as well as the requirements for caring for the flag respectfully.
“Our visiting veterans also shared the experiences they have had in service of our country,” said Tammy Williams, fifth-grade teacher at Hemby Bridge.
Once students learned how to properly care for the flag, the first group of students took on this solemn responsibility.
“It was more meaningful for me to learn about caring for the American flag from a group of people who actually served our country,” said fifth-grade student Jackson Chew. “It meant a lot to me that they would take their time to come out and teach us.”
Written by: Betsy Ziskind, AIG Teacher
Posted: Sep 30, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe