Individual classroom flags were delivered to Little Blue Elementary School in Independence on March 24. The flags were donated by American Legion Tirey J. Ford Post 21 in Independence and presented by 12 American Legion Riders, Chapter 21.

It all started when American Legion member Ed Murray made a discovery during one of his weekly volunteer days at Little Blue Elementary School. None of the classrooms had American flags. He also found that the children all wanted to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, just like he used to when he was in school. Ed spoke with the principal, then with his American Legion Post 21 in Independence to start the ball rolling.

Commander Phil Greco ordered the flags with wall brackets, and waited for the flags to arrive. Nearly a month later, the American Legion Riders, also members of American Legion Post 21, coordinated with the school to do a special presentation in their gymnasium. By the time that day arrived, Little Blue Elementary had acquired one full size American flag and Missouri State flag, which stood on display in the school for the first time.

The children entered into the gymnasium, in classroom groups. It was amusing to hear whispers about the bearded “grandpas” seated up front. American Legion’s 5th District Commander, Mark Clark, addressed the assembly. He asked everyone to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, which was done with gusto. He asked a few questions about our American flag. He presented basic information, so the children would understand what our flag symbolizes and to treat it with respect.

Each classroom sent forward one student to receive their classroom’s flag. The 20 flags were quickly distributed. Principal Armin then awarded more than 100 students with Perfect Attendance medallions, while the teachers took possession of their classroom’s flags.

To see all the happy children waving flags at Little Blue Elementary School was a rewarding experience.