Students hold ceremony to honor flags
Seventh-grader Joseph Sanchez presents a retired American flag to Ray Fabian, Sr. Vice Commander of Pelham VFW Post 10722 during a Memorial Day ceremony at Pelham’s St. Patrick School on Friday. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
On Friday morning, the seventh-grade class at St. Patrick School paused to honor their nation’s most familiar symbol, along with those who fought for it.
It was Theron Zajchowski, a member of Boy Scout Troop 610, who immediately raised his hand, suggesting they set a goal of collecting 50 worn, tattered flags over the course of the school year.
“Always remember our flags are important and should be viewed with the same respect we give to our soldiers,” Zajchowski said Friday morning, as VFW Post 10722 Sr. Vice Commander Ray Fabian stood at attention, saluting each of the folded flags.
Friday’s ceremony offered a chance for the local children to show their gratitude to those who served.
“Caps off to those who won’t return home, to heavens where they’ll soon enough roam,” one line of Aho’s poem read.
“You should always think of the flag as a living thing. It stands for courage and glory,” seventh-grader Kayli Keenan said.
“Our hearts go out to all of you,” he told them. “We just love you.”
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