Last updated: March 26. 2014 9:33AM - 942 Views
By - jbreger@civitasmedia.com

A new flag flies at the Boys and Girls Club of Durant today.
A new flag flies at the Boys and Girls Club of Durant today.
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National Boys and Girls Club Week was kicked off in a patriotic manner locally as the Durant organization received a new

American flag.

The Durant chapter of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society is well known for giving the flag to educational, government and community organizations, but it took an extra step this time.

Members of the fraternal society and the Veterans of Foreign Wars were at the Durant club as children arrived after school Monday afternoon to present the club with a new flag and educate them on the flag’s meaning.

Children were told how and why a flag is retired and why it is folded in a customary manner when being retired or given to a fallen soldier’s family.

The flag is folded 13 times before being tucked into the recognizable triangle shape that resembles a “tricorne” hat worn by soldiers serving under General George Washington.

The meaning of each of the 13 folds was explained as VFW members Lynn Skocdopole and Jerry VanAmburgh folded a flag for the children to see.

Children were also given information about the flag to take home.

“One of our core areas is citizenship,” said Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Jason Sands.

He said he feels it is important for the children to learn what the our flag symbolizes, things such as liberty, freedom and opportunity.

He said the children see a lot of flags but don’t always know their meaning, and are more likely to recognize symbols in popular culture.

“They know what mascots represent, but they really don’t pay attention to what the flag represents,” Sands said.

Children also heard a poem about the flag’s meaning and participated in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The national anthem was performed by Three Valley Museum Curator Nancy Farris, who was recognized as a Woodman of the World community partner.

- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news

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