American Legion sergeant-at-arms shares lessons with students

FORT KENT, Maine – Fort Kent schools were closed Friday in honor of Veterans Day, but students had already learned some important lessons about veteran life from a local veteran and American Legion sergeant-at-arms.

Leroy McKenzie visited Fort Kent Elementary School, where he taught Kindergarten through grade 6 students how to salute and some basic facts about the American Flag, including the proper way to fold it. 

“The younger kids ask about flag etiquette and what to do if a flag touches the ground, where do they bring damaged flags, and why specific colors of the flag are chosen and what they mean,” McKenzie said. 

McKenzie also gave a more serious presentation at Fort Kent Community High School/Valley Rivers Middle School.

“I talked to them about the importance of veterans in our country, as well as veteran suicide,” McKenzie said. 

McKenzie presented each school with a certificate of appreciation from the American Legion Smart-Soucie Post 176 in Eagle Lake. 

“The certificates were in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service to the students by continually including activities dedicated to Americanism and the veterans of this country into the students’ education,” McKenzie said. 

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