Veterans’ Day Program at LS-C

Steve Dietz and Harry Kitchen fold the flag as Auxiliary member Connie Richter explains the meaning of each fold.

It is unfortunate that no veterans could be personally honored at the Veterans’ Day Program at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary. They were honored just the same as the students listened to members of Crestwood Band perform patriotic songs and learn what they can do to make a difference.

Connie McGrne introduced Connie Richter, who gave the program, “What can one person do?” mentioning trumpet players can play “Taps” at services, artsy students could make cards for veterans, wordy students could write letters to soldiers serving overseas and talkative students could take speech to spread the word about honoring vets.

She then talked about the importance of the American flag. Steve Dietz and Harry Kitchen folded the flag as she explained what each fold means:

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.




The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust”. After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today. There are some traditions and ways of doing things which have deep meaning. You will see many flags folded in the coming weeks, and now you will know why.

She told them a way to show respect is by putting their right hand over their hearts. She made them giggle when she told them, “If a grown up doesn’t do it when they are supposed to, you show them how.”

State Sen. Merlin Bartz of Grafton attended the program and also shared some words with the students. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” he quoted. He then gave examples of vigilance and asked them to be respectful of the flag and community in which they live.

The band concluded with “Battle Hymn” and the playing of “Taps.”

Second and third graders had prepared some cards thanking the veterans they gave to Auxiliary members, who will pass them on to the veterans.


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