Flag Day was held at Freedom Elementary School on April 28, when six members of the South Carroll Lioness-Lions Club visited the school to present flags to the fourth-graders.
The purpose of Flag Day is to promote patriotism, according to Lion Judy Champ, chairperson of the club's Youth Outreach Committee.
In addition to Champ, other Lions assisting with the program were Bob Miller, Sue Miller, Judy Flynn, Susan Bonura and Janet Boyd. They explained the meaning of the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, demonstrated how to fold a flag, discussed the flag's colors and the meaning of those colors, and played Flag Jeopardy with the students.
The Lions Flag Day program was endorsed as a Lions Clubs International program in 1978. The program was established to promote patriotism and respect for the American flag in the elementary schools of America.
American flags and brochures explaining the American flag were presented to the students attending the school program. The brochure included the Pledge of Allegiance, the history of the American flag and a chart showing when each state entered the Union.
On May 2, five club members presented copies of the Constitution of the United States and copies of the Declaration of Independence to the fifth-graders at the school. This Liberty Day presentation was made by Lions Judy Champ, Sue Miller, Bob Miller, Pauline Rosier and Judy Flynn.
Paul Capriolo, a local attorney, shared facts about these documents with the students and explained how they affect people's lives. A Jeopardy game featuring facts about both documents was played.
According to Champ, "Liberty Day is a non-partisan statewide celebration of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution - the two most important documents in our democracy. It is celebrated annually on March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is known as the Father of the Constitution."
Anyone interested in having these programs presented at an elementary school in the Sykesville/Eldersburg area should contact Champ at 410-795-4180.
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For information about the South Carroll Lioness-Lions Club, contact the club president, Lion Linda Smith, at 410-549-1842.