There is no better way to learn the importance of Veterans Day than from veterans themselves. Locust Valley Intermediate School students had this opportunity when veterans from the organization United States Volunteers America (USV-A) visited the school to share important and interesting information about our national anthem, flag, color guard, and even our country’s mascot, the Bald Eagle.

Despite the generation gap, the veterans held the interest of these third through fifth-grade students, involving them in the program by teaching them the proper way to fold a flag (the kids did a great job with this!), having them perform as a color guard unit, and asking them engaging questions.

LVI music teacher Jane Benstock arranged for the visit and led the entire school in a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” for their visitors. “This was a wonderful way to teach children about civics in a fun and engaging manner,” Mrs. Benstock explained. Veterans from the USV-A travel all over the country, giving presentations to schools at no cost.

Students left this important assembly with a greater respect for those who serve in the military and the U.S. flag. Each student also received a handheld flag of their own to take home.