Flag retiring, Fallen Heroes artist at CKMS assembly

Snoqualmie Middle School students with collected flags, at last year
Snoqualmie Middle School students with collected flags, at last year's Veterans Day assembly. Teacher Tom Burford is continuing efforts to retire flags with honor at Chief Kanim.
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Do you have any stained, torn, worn-out or tattered American flags? If so, bring them to Chief Kanim Middle School to be properly retired. The school is sponsoring this community service project as part of their Veterans Day Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The American Legion will have representatives on hand to take the flags and store them until they can be properly retired by the American Legion Post and the Boy Scouts. Drop flags off at the main office between 7:10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Students are also working on the second annual fundraiser for the Fallen Heroes Project.

This project was started by portrait artist Michael Reagan, a Vietnam veteran, who started drawing portraits of fallen U.S Service men and women who lost their lives in the war on terrorism.  To date he has sent about 4,000 families a portrait of their loved one.

Thomas Burford, eighth Grade U.S. History Teacher at CKMS, introduced this project to students at SMS last year.

Collection jars are in each grade’s history class as well as in the main office. Reagan will attend the school’s Veterans Day assembly on November 12.

“Let’s give Michael a big surprise on November 12th,” says Burford.

To learn more or get involved, contact Burfod at


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