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WEST FARGO, N.D. — Area veterans are finding ways to instill a sense of patriotism in a younger generation.

For Mrs. Larson and Mrs. Blumer's classrooms at Legacy Elementary School in West Fargo, Thursday was all about the red, white, and blue.

"It's always a favorite, every year," says Blumer.

Dozens of students spent the morning learning all about America.

It's part of the 40&8 veterans' organization's "Flags for First-Graders" program.

"We enjoy doing it, the teachers really appreciate it," says veteran Dave Rice. "We do it to instill a bit of patriotism in our nation's youth. First-graders are good learners, and impressionable."

It's something the group does every year, which has become a crowd favorite.

"They respect the flags, they take it very seriously," says Blumer.

The students were taught why the flag looks the way it does, proper etiquette, and the history of our country — but the best part for the students was what they got to keep.

Their very own flags.

"We give them one and hope they respect that so they become good citizens when they grow up," says Rice.

For the veterans, giving these kids a piece of American history is one of the most important things they can do.

"They're our future," says Rice.

Legacy was the 35th school the veterans stopped at this year.

More than 2,100 students now have a flag.

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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