ARL supports Patriot Day assembly at local elementary school

May 22, 2015

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • ARL participated in Churchville Elementary School's annual Patriot Day program where forty-nine fifth grade students were recognized as patriots
  • Program required youth to know State of Maryland facts and its federal and state officials, U.S. flag etiquette, the geography of Maryland and give a report about a patriot or president
  • Students embrace what it means to be a patriot

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory participated in Churchville Elementary School's annual Patriot Day program held April 16. Forty-nine fifth grade students received certificates and awards from state and local politicians and were each presented medals by Lt. Col. Keith Morgan from ARL's Vehicle Technology Directorate.

The program required youth to know State of Maryland facts and its federal and state officials, U.S. flag etiquette, the geography of Maryland and give a report about a patriot or president. The students also participated in several community service projects and shared their individualized experiences. In addition to this, they had to know all 50 states, which they sang to the audience in a song titled Fifty States in Rhyme.

After the presentations, several of the state and local politicians commended the students on their accomplishments, to include the Honorable Barry Glassman, County Executive for Harford County, who said his children had attended Churchville Elementary School and that he had a special appreciation for the children and staff in the school.

ARL parents were among the audience members and said they could not have been more proud of the accomplishments of their children and the valuable lessons they are learning.

"I was pleased to see how many of the fifth grade classes participated in the Patriot Program. Sometimes, with the news reports we all hear each day, it seems that we have lost sight of the fact that we are a great nation created from many differing opinions and beliefs with one common goal of making America a country we can all be proud to be a part of," said Melanie Reese from ARL's Infrastructure Management Branch. "And, it is great to see that the next generation is embracing what it means to be a patriot!"

Howard Kash, from ARL's DOD Supercomputing Resource Center, said how great he thought it was to see the number of community leaders who took the time out of their day and attended the event to recognize the children for their hard work.

And, their children agree – they worked hard.

Morgan Reese, who is Melanie's daughter, indicated completing the program was not easy, but something to be proud of.

"The Patriot Program is a lot of work, but it was worth it!" said Morgan. "It always feels good when you do something that makes you proud."

Kash's son Jonathan also said he was proud and echoed Morgan's views.

"I was proud to be honored for completing the requirements to be a patriot," said Jonathan Kash.

Lt. Col. Morgan participated in the program by placing medals on each of the forty-nine patriots who completed the program and said he is pleased to have the opportunity to attend events such as this.

"It was my pleasure to participate in Patriots Day at Churchville Elementary School. I always love to support the community, but especially to the children who are committed to learning and embodying America's ethos. All of the patriots were outstanding orators and their passion to learn about our fine nation makes them excellent citizens," said Lt. Col. Morgan.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 22, 2015