For American Legion Auxiliary’s Children and Youth Month in April, Aurora Auxiliary unit 110 visited North Marion Primary School to discuss the history of the flag.

Members Beverlee Koutny, Bernadine Ward and Florence Zwicker provided a short program on the U.S. flag’s history to about 160 second-grade students on Thursday. The ALA has been doing this service for many years.

Flag stands were made and flags were added by the high school manufacturing class, led by teacher Joe Shepherd. Lumber supplies for the small flag stands cam from Long Bros. Building Supply in Woodburn. ALA furnished the flags and small ALA sticker logos. Students also went home with a comic book telling the story of the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Second-graders shared with ALA members that their older siblings still had their flags from second grade.

Also at the event, members were asked what happens to flags that get worn out or damaged. The American Legion has a ceremony every year to retire well-used and tattered flags. Anyone with a flag that needs to be retired can give them to an American Legion or Auxiliary member, call Seth Fisher at 503-939-6237 or call John Lance at 503-953-5712.

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