What does the flag mean to you?

H-M-S 5th graders pen essays about America's banner


January 28, 2021


Pictured front row, from left to right: Addily Benz, Ellie Pals and Lexi Schmillen. Back row: Roy Wohlert, Hartley Legion commander; Paul Heitritter, Melvin Legion commander; and Merne Haack, Sanborn Legion commander.

Fifth graders at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School recently completed a unit about the American flag and wrote essays for the American Legion Flag Essay Contest as a culminating activity. Winners included: Addily Benz, first place; Ellie Pals, second place; and Lexi Schmillen, third place.

Addily Benz, 1st place

The flag means freedom to me. My great grandpa (Robert Benz) served in the Navy at the end of WWII. My papa (grandpa Tracy Fortune) also served in the Navy. I called him and asked him some questions and here are his responses.

"What was serving in t...

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