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.
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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.