ARCANUM – Arcanum-Butler Local School was presented a large United States American Flag to display in the school’s cafetorium by the Piqua VFW Post 4874 during halftime of the JV boys Tuesday night basketball game.
“We are very appreciative of the VFW Post recognizing that we didn’t have a flag in our cafetorium,” said Arcanum Superintendent John Stephens. “It meets a need and just great for us to be able to put it on display. We are thankful they are able to donate the flag. We will hang it for all to view and be proud of.”
Piqua VFW Post 4874 Commander Richard Trowbridge and Post 4874 Quarter Master Dan Whitson were on hand to make the presentation to Stephens representing the Arcanum schools and community.
“We got word they needed a flag and that’s one of the things we do as our charity work for community and schools,” said Trowbridge. “That’s the least we could do. When John Rickert contacted us we got together and decided to do it.”
“One of the things we like to stress with the VFW is working with kids at the schools, so this was a perfect opportunity to present a flag,” Whitson noted. “We are very proud to do make the presentation.”
Arcanum Police Officers John Rickert and Jeremy Hyden put the process in motion to get the local school the new American Flag.
“A couple of weeks ago I was doing special duty at the school and a conversation came up saying there is something missing here,” Officer Rickert, a current US Army Sergeant. “It hadn’t dawned on me exactly what it was and it was noted there is a flag missing here of all the places where all the students assemble, where we could really use one and we don’t have one.”
“These are some good kids – why not,” continued Officer Rickert. “I spoke with Dan Whitson and asked him how he felt about getting a flag for the school. He heard me out and said, ‘let’s see what we can do.’ A few weeks went by and Dan said I think we can do that so I spoke to Jeremy (Arcanum Police Officer Jeremy Hyden). Jeremy said yes, if that is something possible why not.”
“I spoke with Dan and he said, ‘let’s make this happen’ and the rest is history,” Rickert stated.
“The VFW Post would like to thank you for proudly displaying the United States Flag within the school building and supporting our Troops past, present and future whether they are home or abroad,” Commander Trowbridge told those in attendance.
“Kids – that’s where our future is, in these kids,” concluded Commander Trowbridge. “We need to teach them the values and what our country is all about.”
PHOTO CAPTION: VFW Post 4874 presents United States American Flag to Arcanum-Butler Schools. (L-R) John Stephens (Arcanum-Butler Superintendent), Arcanum Police Officer John Rickert, Post 4874 Commander Richard Trowbridge and Post 4874 Quarter Master Dan Whitson. (Gaylen Blosser photo)