June 14, 2016

Northwood Elementary School holds 20th Annual
Flag Day Ceremony


It was a picture-perfect morning for Northwood Elementary School students 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 country."

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.