Members of the American Legion Auxiliary in Huntsville visited Indian Lake Elementary School to teach flag etiquette and the meaning of the stars and stripes that make up the U.S. flag.
Auxiliary member Bev Martz read a book to students called “Meet Our Flag, Old Glory” by April Jones Prince and demonstrated ways to honor the flag including never letting it touch the ground; raising it quickly, without stopping, to the top of a flag pole; lighting it with a spotlight when flying it in the dark; and taking it down in a rainstorm if it is not made of weatherproof material.
Martz says it’s important for young people understand these rules. “It’s part of forming the kids to be good citizens. If we don’t teach them, how will they know to carry on these rules of etiquette for this symbol of American freedom and patriotism?”
Auxiliary members showed students how to properly fold the U.S. flag with only stars showing and talked about the procedure to burn and properly dispose of a battered flag.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.