Members of the American Legion Russell Chadwick Post 389, Auxiliary, and the Beverly Lions Club brought a message of patriotism to the students of Beverly-Center Elementary School on Nov. 8.
Speaking for the Legion and the Auxiliary were Steve Wainwright and Debbie Miller.
Following the presentation of colors, students recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Students were reminded of the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. While Memorial Day is to honor those who died in service to their country, Veterans Day honors all men and women who have served our country in times of war or peace.
Wainwright encouraged students to thank a veteran for their service as it means so much to them. He said he was also impressed by the way students remember the Legion's message and salute the flag whenever it passes by. All service men and women serve the same flag and country and respect for the flag is important. Serving the flag, the symbol of our country, is why they took the soldier's oath.
Wainwright also discussed flag etiquette.
The flag should never be used as a wall decoration, hung upside down, or stepped on. Tattered and torn flags are burned as a show of respect. A drop box is located outside the Legion post on Main Street in Beverly for depositing old and worn flags for disposal.
Students were asked where they can see the American flag flying. Responses included schools, the post office, an army barracks, at homes, and election polling places.
Assisting the Legion in the flag ceremony were Steve Wainwright and Whitey Myers, Army; Dennis Walburn and Brad Webb, Air Force; and Tom Leach, Navy; Representing the Auxiliary were Ann Smith and Debbie Miller, both former Marines. Other Legion Auxiliary members present were: Sue Trotter, Jean Chapman, Doris Wainwright, Lois Tucker, Marilyn Leach, and Marla Mankins.
The Beverly Lions Club was represented by Kay and John Shreve.
Following the program, students received pencils from both groups and teachers were presented with pocket calendars and apples in recognition of National Education Week.
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Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.