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Hartselle Enquirer

Training young men

One of my favorite verses of scripture has always been:

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

I not only believe the words from scripture, but Lynn and I tried to do this in raising both of our sons. Just as in any other situation, it is better to learn and be rewarded for good habits than trying to break old and bad habits.

If you teach your child right from wrong early on and let them know there will be consequences of actions they take, raising children will be much easier. Now this is not my way of saying that you will never have problems with your children or they will not make mistakes. We as adults make many, many mistakes as will our children, who follow in our footsteps. However, the sooner children realize there will be a price to be paid for their actions, both good and bad, the sooner the rearing will be in most circumstances.

I recently watched a group of adult leaders working with a Cub Scout troop as they retired worn and tired United States flags. The young men have been taught reverence for the flag of our nation, and this was very apparent in the ceremony that took place on Flag Day, June 14.

The young men each took turns carrying pieces of the flags, no longer in a fitting state to be displayed, to the blazing fire. They were all very reverent during the entire ceremony, from the posting of the colors to the time they carried pieces of the flag to the burning area.

The adults working with these young men are setting good examples for them to follow, teaching them about why the flag is held in such high regard. They are teaching them to be good citizens during their youth, and this should carry on with most of them into their adult lives. Scouting has always been a positive influence on young boys and young men, teaching them skills that will make them better men.

When we see photos of people in our own country degrading the symbol of our nation and remember those who have died protecting that freedom, one could wonder if they had the upbringing and lessons these scouts have been taught, would they be stepping on and burning the flag.

We should all be proud to be Americans and show honor, respect and allegiance to the symbol of our homeland. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the nation for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I was proud of these young men and believe they are on the right track.

Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.

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