In the eyes of the American Legion, educators serve as important role models who can instill patriotism and respect for the flag in younger generations. By continuing to educate children about the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in defense of their freedom, they can help to pass on and preserve a love for their country.

One of the American Legion’s goals has always been to work in cooperation with schools that assist veterans, their families and local communities. The Department of Iowa developed a state program for recognizing educators who have gone above the call of duty to promote the aims and purposes of the American Legion of Iowa, an act Post 137 strives to reward.

On March 19, a delegation from Post 137 including Commander Jerry Manemann, Greg Wagner and Mike Oberbroeckling, joined the morning announcements at Dyersville Elementary to recognize the efforts of third-grade teacher Lisa Ludwig as Dyersville Elementary’s Educator of the Year.

“Mrs. Ludwig exhibits patriotism and teaches respect for our country and flag through daily reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance,” Oberbroeckling said. “She has honored those who have served by recognition and celebration of Veteran’s Day. Finally, she supports those currently serving by sending care packages and letters to individuals overseas.”

Later that morning, the Legionnaires made their way across town to attend a Catholic Mass held in the gymnasium of Beckman Catholic High School. Following the service, Oberbroeckling, flanked by Manneman and Wagner, approached the podium to recognize another outstanding teacher in front of the student body.

“Focusing on understanding the Constitution, Mr. Ron Broxson teaches the seventh graders by delving into the basic cornerstones of our country, the Bill of Rights, and our country’s checks and balances,” Oberbroeckling said. “He helps empower students to respect the U.S. Flag and graciously understands how our precious freedom isn’t free. Additionally, he works with high school students to highlight an aspect of the Constitution in a timed speech.”

In addition to Broxson being named Beckman Catholic High School’s Educator of the Year, he will also serve as Post 137’s nominee to the American Legion Department of Iowa Educator of the Year.