The Staten Island American Legion Post donates US flag to a local school as part of a veteran-student out reach program.
Crowds gathered last weekend to take a look at the brand new American flag now proudly waving above the new PS 48 on Targee Street. Parents, teachers, students, and other neighborhood residents all came out to witness Old Glory.
This is not your average US Flag. This giant flag measures 14-feet by 18-feet and was donated by the school’s neighboring American Legion Post. Members of the post can simply look outside their windows and across the street to see their donation blowing in the breeze.
The post’s liaison to the school Vice-Commander James Tierney said, “It’s a privilege and an honor to present this new American flag to our neighbors in the newly built PS 48.” Tierney lives right around the corner from the school and is a US Army veteran who fought in the Korean War.
Along with Tierney, post Commander Joseph Russo helped formally present the new American flag to the school during a special ceremony on September 4th. The school then raised the flag right outside the front doors for everyone to see.
PS 48 regularly invites veterans and military members to come in and speak to students. They also hold special ceremonies on Veterans and Memorial Day to honor post and military service personnel. Each year a group of students will walk down to the post and partake in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Staten Island Veterans’ Memorial.
Does your school or community partner with a local American Legion, VFW, or another veteran organization?
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