VFW Post do­nates class­room flags

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

Class­rooms at Bryant Ju­nior High School, which opened this school year, have Amer­i­can flags thanks to a re­cent do­na­tion from a lo­cal Veter­ans of For­eign Wars post.

The school re­ceived 200 class­room flags, as well as four large flags.

Af­ter be­ing asked about the flags, state Rep. Lanny Fite reached out to VFW Post 2256.

Fite said it was im­por­tant for stu­dents to have Amer­i­can flags on the first day of school so they could say the Pledge of Al­le­giance.

This is the first time the post has made this type of do­na­tion to a school, ac­cord­ing to Com­man­der Steven Thomp­son.

Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Hay com­mended the post, say­ing “The his­tory of our na­tion will be re­flected in each of our class­rooms thanks to the gen­er­ous do­na­tion of the VFW. We are proud to teach our eighth and ninth-graders about civic pride and duty from those who proudly served our coun­try.”

The flags given to the school were left over from the more than 2,000 flags the post pur­chased to place on the graves of veter­ans for Memorial Day. On the hol­i­day, veter­ans and other vol­un­teers vis­ited sev­eral ceme­ter­ies across Sa­line County, Thomp­son said.

“It’s im­por­tant to do any­thing we can for the com­mu­nity,” he added.

Along with as­sist­ing and sup­port­ing veter­ans and their fam­i­lies, mem­bers of the post par­tic­i­pate in sev­eral com­mu­nity out­reach events, Thomp­son added.

He noted that the post, lo­cated at 5323 Sleepy Vil­lage Rd., is open to any­one. A per­son does not have to be a vet­eran to visit.

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