As we get ready to honor fallen soldiers this weekend, one North Country school is hoping actions speak louder than words when it comes to teaching students the true meaning of Memorial Day. Teachers from all the Carthage schools covered the high school's front yard with hundreds of American flags. As our Brian Dwyer tells us, it's a way to show military students that their teachers are behind them.
CARTHAGE, N.Y. -- It's one of those sights you can't miss.
For this Memorial Day Weekend, the Carthage Teachers' Association planting some 350 American flags on the school's front lawn for all to see. The school sits just miles from Fort Drum.
"It's a very strong connection because we are so close to Fort Drum," Carthage teaching assistant Jean Messer said. "There's so many of our students that are military related or had grandparents who are in the military and so forth."
"They are encouraged to share with the other students, the local students, their experiences in moving around the world and what it's like to do that," seventh grade teacher Danielle Carr added.
For a school district with so many young military children, the teachers here say this is a great way to not only understand the reasons why they're off Monday, but also show some much needed support on a whole different level.
"On a daily basis, we have students who come to many of their teachers, if not all of them at one point or another, to share with them their concerns, their worries, family deployment. Whether it's a mother, father or even an aunt, uncle at a different station, worrying about that and worrying about when they are going to come home and how they are going to come home," Carr said.
"I know what these kids are going through when they're parents are deployed, whether it be a father or mother. Sometimes you take them off to the side and you have a little pep talk with them and cheer them up," Messer added.
And of course those just driving by. It's a reminder for everyone to take a few minutes and think about a different world, just miles away.
The Carthage Teachers' Association says it hopes to plant these flags every year.