OCEAN PINES, Md. - The 6th annual "living" veterans memorial program kicked off today in Ocean Pines. And for the first time all Worcester County middle schools are participating.
The program is for 5th graders. Volunteers taught them how to care for and respect the flag, gave some military history, and shared stories about our local heroes. Pocomoke Middle School students were the first out there today. "I've had a student that actually said that a relative had one of the pavers," 5th grade teacher, Beverly Hart, tells WMDT. "And that student has been looking for it, and the other students are coming and helping him find it. So, it is helpful, and it makes it personal for them."
"We're not recruiting for the military," Captain Ed Little, docent with the Worcester County Veterans Memorial, assures parents. "We're trying to show respect for veterans and making sure the civilian population understands the sacrifices that veterans, in all, do for our country."
Over the next week, four other schools will make their way out to the memorial for their field trips.