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Legion replaces flag at Edgewood

Edgewood Elementary students Bhristrin Davis, Trrion Jemison, school principal Joe Peterson, students Cameron Hatcher, Knile Davis, Kevin Orange, American member James Tennimon, student Michael Pettway and legion member and John Lackeos stand around the new flag American Legion donated to the school. -- Sarah Robinson

Edgewood Elementary students Bhristrin Davis, Trrion Jemison, school principal Joe Peterson, students Cameron Hatcher, Knile Davis, Kevin Orange, American member James Tennimon, student Michael Pettway and legion member and John Lackeos stand around the new flag American Legion donated to the school. — Sarah Robinson

Thanks to the American Legion Post 20, Edgewood Elementary students and principal were able to raise a brand new American flag outside of the school Friday.

American Legion donated the flag after noticing the school’s previous flag had become tattered and faded.

School principal Joe Peterson said he was honored to receive the flag, but not surprised considering how often American Legion replaces flags across the community that are no longer presentable.

“It’s blessing and an honor for us to have the partnership with American Legion for them to think of our schools and make sure we have a flag,” Peterson said. “We want our students to know what it is to be a good citizen and be patriotic. It is very important to us as a school to have that flag to symbolize that.”

The wartime veteran’s service organization always donates flags to schools, American Legion Adjutant John Coon said. The flags are purchased with monetary donations the nonprofit organization receives.

American Legion Post 20 member John Lackeos said he hasn’t met a Selma resident who doesn’t appreciate the flag as a grand symbol of America’s freedom.

“Everybody in Selma that I’ve talked to is patriotic, and it makes them proud to see a new flag,” Lackeos said. “They take good care of the new flag, and give us the old flag to dispose of properly.”

After American Legion collect old flags, the hold a special ceremony at the American Legion Post, to properly dispose of them. During that ceremony, they deliver a speech about the flag, salute it and burn it.

For Edgewood Elementary student Michael Pettaway, it was special to be one of few students selected to raise the new flag.

“It felt special, because I was picked to put the flag up on the pole,” Pettaway said with a big smile. “I have never got to put the flag up on the pole before.”