FORT SMITH (KFSM) - The General William O. Darby chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will present a Flag Awareness program to students at Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith today (Oct. 14).
More than 80 students are expected to attend, along with teachers from grades 5 through 8.
"Veterans--we're all fighting for the flag and it's just really, really something that's been, in my lifetime, very important and important to all of our veterans as well," said John E. Lane, a former U.S. Navy officer with the MOAA, "We want to instill that in children. And there's so many things going on in the world nowadays that sometimes you kind of wonder, what's important? But we want to make sure that they know the American flag is really important".
Several Army ROTC cadets with the University of Arkansas Fort Smith are expected to be on hand to demonstrate the proper way to fold and handle the American flag.
A short video will be played, followed by a discussion amongst those in attendance. Each student will then receive a flag awareness pamphlet and a flag lapel pin.