Johnston County members of the Forty and Eight, a veterans group, recently taught first-graders at Southside Christian School about the history, meaning and proper care of the U.S. Flag.
Four veterans, one from each branch of service, engaged students during the initial question-and-answer time. The voices of this country’s forefathers rang through the classroom as veteran Ken Parker read several famous quotes.
Students listened as Parker read from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Twenty-four students placed their hands over their hearts and spoke in unison as the veterans led them in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The visit ended with the veterans giving the students miniature U.S. flags.
“I trust the students have been handed more than a flag,” said Principal Jenene Davis. “Our prayer is that they have been handed a baton. It is in exercising the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion that we enjoy in this great nation that the school’s mission has a potential for being realized.”
Joining Parker at school that day were fellow veterans Ken Stith, Glenn Creech and Gene Karaszewski.