Proper respect for Old Glory


MES standard bearers learn about US flag

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times South Carolina Army National Guard recruiter Brett Anthony taught Monarch Elementary flag bearers the proper way to display and respect the U.S. flag. Pictured, left to right, are Jaiden Jones, Jamal Judge, Anthony, Jacob Gregory, Dontee Wicks and Christian Edenfield.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

MONARCH — Five Monarch Elementary School 5th graders learned the proper way to display and respect the U.S. flag on Thursday.

South Carolina Army National Guard recruiter Brett Anthony visited Monarch Elementary Thursday morning to provide training to the school’s flag bearers — 5th graders Jaiden Jones, Jamal Judge, Jacob Gregory, Dontee Wicks and Christian Edenfield. The flag bearers are students who were hand picked by teachers in result of their behavior and character.

Students said they learned lots of facts about the flag they did not know while getting a lesson on the proper way to raise, lower, fold and store the flag.

Students repeated much of the information they learned from Anthony, including the correct speed to raise and lower the flag; that it should never touch the ground; that the state flag cannot fly higher than the U.S. flag; not to put up the flag in the rain; and that if there is a third person present, they should salute or put their hand over their heart.

Monarch teacher Jodie Ledbetter said the experience was educational for her as well.

“It was outstanding for us to be able to have someone here in uniform to provide training,” she said.

One student pointed out that he enjoyed learning how to fold the flag — twice in half, then into a triangle 12 times, with the stars facing upward. Students also learned the purpose and procedure of having the flag at half mast and that the President is the only person who can make that decision.

“This is also great for dialogue in the classroom,” Ledbetter said. “Our service leaders (student-based and student-led) are learning responsibility and pride in what they’re doing. It parallels what we’re doing in the classroom.”

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times South Carolina Army National Guard recruiter Brett Anthony taught Monarch Elementary flag bearers the proper way to display and respect the U.S. flag. Pictured, left to right, are Jaiden Jones, Jamal Judge, Anthony, Jacob Gregory, Dontee Wicks and Christian Edenfield.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_flag.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times South Carolina Army National Guard recruiter Brett Anthony taught Monarch Elementary flag bearers the proper way to display and respect the U.S. flag. Pictured, left to right, are Jaiden Jones, Jamal Judge, Anthony, Jacob Gregory, Dontee Wicks and Christian Edenfield.
MES standard bearers learn about US flag

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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