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Caribou kids learn colorful lesson about patriotism

CARIBOU, Maine — The Caribou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9389 Auxiliary recently held their annual coloring contest, with second-grade students at Caribou’s Teague Park Elementary School participating.

Auxiliary members hosted an awards ceremony at the Maine Veterans Home in Caribou, where they thanked the Teague Park teachers and all at the MVH for allowing them the opportunity to tell the students about patriotism.

Lisa Michaud, auxiliary senior vice president, spoke to the children, reminding them that it is because of veterans that we have the freedoms we have today.

She read a report educating listeners about the American flag, including how to display the flag properly, what do to and what not to do with the flag and how to respectfully dispose of a flag.

Everyone stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and then the children sang “This is Our Country.”

Michaud and Anne Mullen, auxiliary junior vice president, presented awards. Each student received a Young American certificate, a patriotic coloring book, a pencil with the Pledge on it and an American flag.

The top 10 students also received certificates for first, second and third place, along with honorable mention, with the top three also receiving a monetary award.

Following the ceremony, students presented handmade gifts to each MVH resident and spent time visiting with the veterans and thanking them for their service.

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