Woodvale Elementary school holds 11th annual Patriotic Flag Ceremony recognizing those who served in the military or as first responders.
The front lawns of a small Louisiana school changed to a haze of red, white and blue the morning of Friday November 3rd as students, faculty, and military personnel gathered to honor first responders and military members and veterans. This was the school’s 11th annual Patriotic Flag Ceremony celebration.
In a speech to assembled students, staff, and family members, the principal Monique Vidos said, “It’s a wonderful time to celebrate America and the many privileges we enjoy each day as American citizens.” The heart of the ceremony came when students escorted parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who have served in the military or as first responders across the stage. These brave people received a special recognition via an energetic applause and eager salutes from students.
Thomas Brown’s two granddaughters accompanied him across the stage. Brown, who retired from the Army after a tour in Vietnam, called the appreciated the school showed as a marked change from initial responses he and other retired service members received several decades ago. He also said, “It’s quite an honor that these students now have such patriotism and appreciate what we did.”
One student even recited a poem titled “Our Flag” during the celebration. The school also has two student-created American flags on display in the front entrance of the school. One flag, “The Flag of Honor,” represents those killed during the 9/11 attacks. The other, “Flag of Heroes,” calls out all first responders who saved countless lives during and after the Sept. 11th violence.
The local fire department also made a guest appearance by ringing a bell in special honor of every man and woman who lost their life that day. This was accompanied by students standing on the fire truck while exclaiming a poem recognizing America the beautiful and the heroic history of this country.
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