Each year, the Veterans Memorial Foundation invites every fifth grade class in Worcester County to the Memorial. The purpose of the field trip is for the students to understand the purpose of the Memorial and what it means to be a veteran.
After a short welcome and introduction, the classes are divided into three groups of 15-20 students.
THE MEMORIAL – One group of students is split into smaller groups and are assigned to a docent who discusses the Memorial layout and some of the commemorative pavers. Students are given a card with a veteran’s name and asked to find the paver.
FLAG FOLDING – The second group works with Stephen Decatur High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets who demonstrate the proper way to fold the American flag. The students are then given a chance to practice flag folding.
FLAG HISTORY & ETIQUETTE – The third group is assigned to a docent who gives them a short history of the American flag. Students participate in a discussion of flag etiquette and the proper way to display the flag.
Groups shift every 15 minutes so that students participate in all three activities. After the groups complete all of the activities, they reassemble within the Memorial. Students are thanked for their participation and invited to return with their families for an upcoming event. Each student is given a 34-page Student Booklet to keep.