Pushed from morning to the afternoon, thanks to a delayed start from some early winter weather, the Midland elementary students gathered in their gym to learn about the history of Veterans Day and the flag.
During the ceremony, the local winners of the three American Legion Post’s “What the flag means to me” essay contest were recognized. Max Moore won the contest run by Wapsi Post 473 out of Oxford Junction, Jasmine Gudenkauf won the contest for Menzo Widle Post 381 out of Lost Nation and Dane Ballou won the contest for Wyoming Post 259.
Ballou read a portion of his winning essay as part of the ceremony.
“The flag stands for…freedom and freedom to be yourself. It doesn’t matter where you came from,” he said. “Some people look at the flag and see a piece of colored cloth. When I see the flag, I see heart, I see courage.”
While recognizing service men and women of each branch of the military in attendance, the students went through the history of each branch of the military, including its founding date and some facts of interest. In addition to awarding certificates to winners of the essay contest, the elementary students provided history about the flag during the ceremony.