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Veterans Lead School’s Flag-Lowering Ceremony

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To the sound of U.S. Army Band song “Taps,” played on the bugle by American Legion auxiliary member Jen Moree, Kent City Elementary students looked on as local veterans led a flag-lowering ceremony in front of the school building.

The pre-kindergarten through 5th-grade students mark the beginning and end of the school year with a tribute to their country, thanks to local veterans from the Kent City American Legion Post 123 who lead official ceremonies to get the flag waving high in September, and then retire it properly with the lowering ceremony in June.American Legion member Jen Moree plays the bugle

“I think there’s a fantastic sense of patriotism when students watch,” said Sara Schutt, administrative assistant at the school, noting that veterans introduced themselves and talked about their years of service.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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