One of my professors at ACC stated that the primary task of our public schools is to create good citizens. On June 14, Flag Day, Johnsburg's kindergarten, first and second graders showed their patriotism by singing a number of songs about America and our flag.
I'm one of those folks who cry at parades. I don't break down in spasm of sobbing, but a display of love of country leaves me choked up, and I need to brush away the stray tear. This was my reaction when I heard those young voices singing, "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free." (I thought of the homeless families who have fled Syria's totalitarian regime to live in tent cities across the border in Turkey.)
The tears came when the children sang, "I won't forget the men who died and gave that right to me." At this time of year, between Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July, let's remember all that the flag stands for and "Gladly stand up, and defend her still today. 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land, God bless the U.S.A."
Just for the record, I believe that Johnsburg Central does a great deal more than just create good citizens. The Flag Day ceremony is just one example of the many values and skill sets the youth of our community learn. As the school year draws to a close, the dedicated teachers who educate our children deserve our commendation for a job well done.