Lebanon — The Lebanon Public Library, the American Legion Post No. 113 and the Howard & Thelma Cunningham History Camp are teaming up to teach patriotism to a younger generation next month with the first-ever Patriot Camp.
“I’ve been in several parades, and you see the older generation show respect to the flag and the Color Guard, but the younger generation doesn’t remove their hats, they just don’t know,” said Jamey Hickson of the LPL. “I feel like they haven’t been educated, and this is a real opportunity to give them that.”
The free, overnight camp will take place the weekend before fall break, on Oct. 22 and 23, at the American Legion Post, 1020 Hendricks Dr., Lebanon. It is for students in grades 4 to 12 and includes a full military experience, complete with camping in tents, a mess hall and a camp fire. There will also be military displays from all branches of the armed services and a rock climbing wall sponsored by the National Guard.
Breakfast Sunday will be donated by Bareman, a local dairy, served as a mess-hall experience. There will be a military chaplain to conduct a field service, Hickson said, “because we want our kids to know our soldiers will go to church even when on the field.”