TIFTON — On Sept 11, three-year-olds from Potter’s House Childcare and Learning Center and members of the Tifton Police Department took time out of their day to honor Patriot Day on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The children and officers gathered together around the flagpole in front of the daycare and said the pledge of allegiance, the pledge to the Christian flag and the pledge to the Bible.

Janice Patrick, the director of Potter’s House, said that this is the school’s 17th year holding the observance. She said that while the children may not understand the significance of the day right now, it is important for the children to know that it is an important day and learn to honor the flag and the sacrifice of first responders.

After the pledges were said and songs were sung, Patrick and Officer Clay Stone took down the American flag that was hanging at half mast on the pole. Patrick explained to the children about respecting the flag and making sure it never touches the ground.

Officer Sydney Saylor replaced the worn-out flag with a brand new one, and then Officers Clay Stone and Lynn McCulley carefully folded the old flag for respectful disposal.

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