Northwood Elementary School holds 20th
Flag Day Ceremony
It was a picture-perfect morning for Northwood Elementary
and staff to honor the flag and those who serve this country.
The school community, along with administrators and several local dignitaries,
gathered in front of the school where the Northwood Advanced
Band and Chorus performed, inspiring speeches were heard, and
facts about the flag were read.
Assistant Principal Kelley O'Connell opened the ceremony by
reminding the audience of what a rich tradition the
Northwood community has in honoring the flag on this special
day and that the ceremony signifies unity. A moment of
silence was then held to honor Armt Pfc. Jason D. Hasenauer,
2003 Hilton graduate, who was killed in Afghanistan.
Joshua Jensen, a Hilton graduate and former Northwood
student, who is now director of Public Affairs for NYS
Senator Joe Robach, said, "The flag is a symbol of not just
what this country means to us, but what we mean to our
Superintendent Casey Kosiorek asked students to close their
eyes and think about their trip to school that day and the
symbols they saw along the way. He explained that in today's
fast-moving society, we sometimes forget about the most
important symbol - our American flag and how special it is
to be an American, to be able to go to school and to have
freedom. He also challenged the audience to remember the
ultimate sacrifice made by the service men and women
protecting our country.
Principal Kirk Ashton concluded the ceremony by reminding
everyone that the American flag speaks for all citizens of
the U.S. no matter what their race, religion, economic
status or background.