Students dressed in a dazzling array of red, white and blue to celebrate Flag Day at Herkimer Elementary on Wednesday, June 14.
At an assembly in the elementary school gym led by teacher Deb Schoff, members of the Herkimer VFW presented the colors, marching to the front of the room with the American flag held high. Students stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and remained standing as the elementary choir performed the national anthem.
Small flags waved brightly from the hands of the students seated on the floor as the band performed “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Students then sat respectfully to listen to District Commander Les Crossett recite “The Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash.
“Let all of us treat Old Glory with the respect that it’s due,” Crossett said in closing.
Fourth-grade students presented facts about the history of the flag, from the original “Betsy Ross” flag featuring the 13 stars of the original colonies, to the 50-star flag in use today. Fifth-grade students gave a presentation answering the question, “Why is our country the best country in the world?”, describing some of the freedoms enjoyed in the United States that citizens of other nations may not have.
Leah Peyton and Cynthia Kemler spoke about flag etiquette and demonstrated how to properly fold the flag. The program concluded with an enthusiastic rendition of “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” led by Mr. Fox, in which all the students sang and waved their flags.
After the celebration, members of the elementary school’s Newspaper Club were recognized for the “flag facts” they presented after the pledge each morning during the days leading up to Flag Day.
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