Constitution Day observed at Valley Falls school
Photo and story by Clarke Davis
The children at Valley Falls Elementary School celebrated Constitution Day Friday morning.
Members of Grahem-Herbers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3084 led by Commander Jerry Tullis provided a color guard and hoisted the American flag for the children.
Middle school teacher Jeff Schnieder gave a short talk about the Constitution.
He emphasized “We the people . . .” stated in the preamble and told the children how the Constitution sets out the rules for our country.
He spoke about the three equal branches of goverment that provide a check and balance so that no one branch becomes too powerful. He told them about the Bill of Rights that protects the individual from the government.
“These are your rights that the government cannot take away,” he said.
And through the many decades it has taken people who would stand up and protect the Constitution.
“It’s just a piece of paper unless someone is willing to fight for it,” he said.
He then pointed to the veterans who were willing to do just that. The children gave them a round of applause.
The flag was lowered to half-staff on orders of Gov. Mark Parkinson to honor soldier killed in Afghanistan.
The high school marching band also performed.
VFW members joining Tullis were Ben Heuertz, Phil Heuertz, Francis Grollmes, Ted Montgomery, Frank Shimplin, and Daryl Ford.
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