Soldier teaches son’s classmates proper way to replace American flag, prepares for deployment

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison City Schools cares for 418 students whose parents are active duty or reservists in the military. In light of April's Month of the Military Child, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Denny taught his son's class a lesson in honoring Old Glory.

"I am really happy to see him here today," said his son, fourth grader Sean Denny.

Denny's dad, and our country's soldier, CW2 Denny served students on Wednesday.

"To me it's an extension, a part of learning about our country's history," CW2 Denny said.

Denny taught his son's Mill Creek Elementary classmates the proper way to replace the Stars and Stripes on the flagpole.

"It gives an opportunity for them to learn about the flag and the proper way to display it," CW2 Denny said.

This demonstration is something Sean will hold dear while his dad isn't here.

"I'll be due to ship out next month," CW2 Denny said.

CW2 Denny will soon fight for our freedom in Afghanistan.

"I'm not going to see my dad for nine months," Sean Denny said. "It's just going to be a long time of not seeing him; I've never experienced that before."

It gives Jason peace of mind to know the school's staff will take care of his son.

"It's part of a network of support that soldiers like me rely on," CW2 Denny said.

Madison City Schools receives a Department of Defense grant which establishes support for military-connected families. It's an extra layer of care for the students of service families.

"I try to check on them the first week or so they're here to see if there's anything that I can do for them," School Counselor Melissa Butler said.

Butler's job is one of the many services that is appreciated by the families of those protecting their home base.

Madison County Schools is hosting a breakfast for Mill Creek students connected to the military on Friday morning. They will receive certificates of appreciation and military bracelets. Then, Bob Jones High School will host a special ceremony in their auditorium at 11:15 a.m. to honor the military-connected students and their families.