Slideshow | June 14, 2016

Teaching Preschoolers about the American Flag

Mission: Readiness members and key lawmakers share the significance of the American Flag with preschoolers

More young Americans will know the history, meaning, and significance of our American flag, thanks to a group of retired generals and admirals who visited early childhood centers across the country in honor of Flag Day (June 14).

During the month of June, Mission: Readiness, joined by key lawmakers, hosted eight special events across the country. From Newport, Maine to Salt Lake City, Utah, retired military leaders visited classrooms to teach preschoolers proper flag etiquette and how Old Glory tells the story of our nation. Each Flag Day event also helped raise awareness about the importance of high-quality early childhood education.

When it comes to learning, it is never too early to start.

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    Major General (Ret.) Michael Davidson and Major General (Ret.) Robert Silverthorn taught preschoolers how to salute the flag during a Flag Day celebration at Bright Horizons early childhood center in Louisville, KY.

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    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Casey Coane and Major General (Ret.) David Bockel led a Flag Day celebration at the Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Center in Marietta, GA.

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    Brigadier General (Ret.) Stephen Atkinson and State Representative Ken Fredette celebrated Flag Day with pre-K students at Newport Elementary in Newport, ME.

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    Brigadier General (Ret.) Jim Walker and U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx visited a pre-K class at Parkway School in Boone, NC for a Flag Day celebration.

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    Lt. General (Ret.) Dennis Cavin and Brigadier General (Ret.) Thomas Swain read to preschoolers during a Flag Day celebration at West End Preschool in Nashville, TN.

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    Lieutenant General (Ret.) Steven Hummer celebrated Flag Day with preschoolers at an early childhood education center in Conroe, TX.

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    Major General Jefferson Burton, Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard, visited the University Kids Learning Center in Salt Lake City for a Flag Day celebration.

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    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jerry Clusen raised a flag donated by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan during a Flag Day celebration at the community day care Center in Janesville, WI.

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