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.”
READER COMMENTS: 27
- A mom's bail: Getting it right - 0
- Clooney gets it: Sony attack was not a 'crime' - 12
- Proof of Santa here: Hooksett's Dick Marshall, for one - 0
- Christmas spirit: Do you have more than a homeless man? - 1
- The Sony hack: Kim's judgment of Obama - 47
- Obama gets smoked: Castros celebrate in Havana - 38
- On naming the victim: It is Kibby's story now - 0
- After Newtown: A gun rights revival - 39
- Vermont's disaster: An Obamedy of errors - 15
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Two Manchester women arrested in separate shoplifting incidents in Hooksett - 1
- Maine police search car belonging to husband of Londonderry shooting victim - 0
- Man arrested after chase, threatening to shoot police in Bow - 0
- Good Samaritan pins Manchester purse snatcher - 0
- Homeless man who saved woman from river: 'I don't consider myself a hero' - 9
- High School Basketball: Rivalries renewed in QCIBT - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Will they get everything on their list? - 0
- Tuohy brothers add new restaurant in familiar spot - 0
- New Horizons volunteers deliver groceries and good cheer, making Christmas special - 0
Londonderry schools placed on lockdown after soldier's unplanned visit to high school causes alarm
Police say woman tried to steal 15 iPads