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First-graders receive lesson on the flag

Sandy VFW gives presentation, gives students awards

During the week of Monday, Feb. 17, members of Sandy’s Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars post visited local elementary schools to present their annual Americanism program.

In honor of Presidents Day, VFW members visited first-graders from Sandy Elementary, Oregon Trail Primary Academy and Naas Elementary to do a presentation on the U.S. flag.

Veterans Jerry Gomes, Jim Mitchell and Bert Key and members Jackie Key and Kaye Gomes explained respect for the flag and the meaning behind the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.

For reciting the pledge, each of the schools’ 170 first-graders received 3-by-5-inch American flags and the VFW Young American Award.

Having done this in the past, VFW members approached the schools about participating this year.

Naas Principal Kimberly Brooks said the students were excited about receiving flags, and the teachers said it was a very positive experience.

“They were all smiles as they were headed home carrying their little flags on their stands,” Brooks said.

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