Woodmen of the World Dedicates US Flag for Riversink Elementary

Under the blue skies of 9-11, 2008, the Otter Flag Corp Members of Riversink Elementary School accepted a dedicated US Flag from the Woodmen of the World. Assistant Principal Melinda Young began the dedication ceremony by recognizing the Woodmen of the World and expressing appreciation for their recent flag donations. She said, "We have American flags in every classroom and in the offices at Riversink, thanks to the Woodmen of the World." The enduring spirit of America was the dedication theme. Superintendent David Miller reminded the audience of the day the Woodmen of the World dedicated the Shadeville Elementary School flag in 1989 when he was principal. He said, "We appreciate the Woodmen of the World, the flags they donate to our schools and the patriotic message they bring to our students." Law enforcement officers, fireman, Army National Guardsmen, School Board Chairman Jerry Evans, Assistant Superintendent Jimmie Dugger, Riversink students, teachers and staff all attended the dedication ceremony.

Bobbie Jo Crouch, Riversink Elementary School secretary, added a patriotic feel to the ceremony by singing America the Beautiful. Jessie Goodson, Tallahassee Lodge 2, told the Riversink students that this was a special honor and remembrance. He noted, "Today's dedication is to honor the heroes of 9-11, including law enforcement, firemen, emergency response teams, and the US armed services. What better way to honor our heroes than with the flying of an American flag. Since 1947 the Woodmen of the World have donated 1.7 million American flags across the US. Our youngsters need to remember what has transpired in our history. As our future leaders, we need you to remember." Mr. Goodson concluded with a quote from Abe Lincoln, "Any nation who does not honor it's heroes will not endure."

Samantha Thompson, Captain of the Flag Corp, began the flag raising ceremony with the command, "Attention Flag Corp." Hannah Hart, Marshall Webb, Harley Arrington, Crystal Grimes, Ambriel Scott, Blakleigh Bolton, Austin Everheart and Nicholas Emerson accepted the responsibility of raising the dedicated flag and then lowering it to half staff in honor of our fallen heroes and victims of 9-11.