Lebanon Reporter

October 24, 2012

Camp teaches youths the price of freedom

By Keri Lawrence
For The Lebanon Reporter

— In a time of mass texting, Facebook and video games, it’s easy for American youth to take for granted the many freedoms they have.

The American Legion Post No. 113 hopes to teach and remind youth of the price of freedom and to take pride in being Americans. Last weekend, more than 25 area teens, ages 12 to 18, gathered for the second annual Patriot Camp at the post.

With the assistance of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville and the U.S. National Guard Unit 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Charlie Battery of Lebanon, the kids participated in flag raising ceremonies, outdoor obstacle course activities and educational presentations from local historians and veterans. They experienced what a day was like in the military with a real military wake-up call at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by breakfast.

“Since I retired in 2000, I have immersed myself in veteran’s affairs,” said speaker Allen Andrews, a retired history teacher who presented a workshop on the Civil War. “My main love has been linking young kids with older veterans so that they can hear the stories and understand that the life that we enjoy here didn’t just jump up out of a stump. Somebody paid the price. So, we stand on their shoulders.”

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