Jerome students get hands on lesson from local veterans

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Students from the Jerome High School FFA got a hands on lesson from local veterans Monday afternoon.

The students gathered with about a dozen Jerome veterans to help lower a 60' x 30' flag at cross roads point on Highway 93.

The flag flies atop a 150 foot flag pole and requires a lot of hands to bring it down.

The veterans said they invite the students to give them a lesson in flag etiquette and to introduce them to people who fought to protect it.

"They walk away with something that maybe they wouldn't get in a classroom or watching something on TV," said Marine Corps League Commandant Dale Ross. "They're right in it, doing it and I think they'll remember it."

The flag is put up each year around 9-11 in commemoration of the 9-11 attacks.

This year they decided to keep it flying through veterans day, but they wanted to get it down before the winter winds got too strong and destroyed it.

Any damage done to the flag while its flying is carefully repaired before its raised again the next year.