AZ students learn 'patriotism' not dirty word

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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Ike visits paratroopersSome students in Arizona recently took time to honor veterans and law enforcement officers.

Snowflake High School students invited John Blackman, a 22-year military veteran, who urged students to respect the flag and veterans.

Student Body President Haylee Farr says students also presented a banner to law enforcement officials who were in attendance.

Blue Lives Matter (banner)"In front of our high school we have a flag pole," she tells OneNewsNow, "and that's where we retired the flag and sang the National Anthem, and gave a banner to our local police officers just saying, Thank you, that we support them and we're grateful for all they do for our community."

Students also honored police officer Darrin Reed, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in the nearby city of Show Low just days before the ceremony. Students were asked to wear a black arm band in honor of Reed.

"And it was cool to see how many kids actually participated, actually wore that black band," the student recalls, "and just giving thanks and respect to that fallen police officer."

Farr predicts the ceremony will become an annual event.

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