EAGLE RIVER - The younger generation of Americans will eventually lead our country. It's one reason why educators and veterans in Eagle River want students to understand the meaning of patriotism, freedom and sacrifice.
Voting data shows younger Americans don't turn out like older generations. Some veterans hope more encouragement earlier helps grow their connection with the U.S.
"And what better time to start, you know," says VFW Post 8637 Commander Al Pittelko. "I think some of our older kids, high school kids, and even beyond, have lost a little bit of patriotism then we used to have. Starting this young, we're hoping that it will stick with them."