Students learn holiday's meaning

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Ridgefield -- Before Memorial Day, thousands of young students learned about the significance of the holiday through civics lessons and flag presentations by local Lions Clubs. Lions members and volunteers distributed more than 6,000 small American flags to first-graders at 75 schools in Southwest Washington. Many classrooms, including in Union Ridge Elementary where teacher Jody McDonald taught facts about the flag, participated in Memorial Day-themed activities. "Understanding the significance of a holiday means students will appreciate that day for more than just time off school," McDonald said in a press release.