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CLARKSVILLE – The Clarksville Memorial VFW Post 4610 and Auxiliary, have nominated Rachel Hudson, FFA teacher at Clopton High School, to receive the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Award.

This Award recognizes “exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students,” according to the VFW website

Three teachers are awarded each year. They received a $1,000 award for professional development expenses, a $1,000 award for their school and two award plaques, one for each teacher and the other for his or her school and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.

The award was founded in 1899 for teachers that show interest in Americanism, civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism.

Hudson has demonstrated all of these. Each year she has students present a great Veteran Day program that goes above and beyond, including a flag-raising ceremonies, POW-MIA ceremonies, a band playing patriotic songs and speakers that have served in the Armed Forces or are still serving. This year’s ceremony presented the “Soldier's Cross.”

The outside of the front entrance is decorated with flags, along with the cafeteria where a delicious meal is served to the veterans and families, All veterans are recognized.

“This is why we are very honored to nominate her for this honor, and we feel that she is very deserving for this award,” a press release announcing the nomination read. Her nomination will proceed to the district level for consideration.

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