Celebrating the Stars and Stripes


Across the East Meadow School District, Barnum Woods, Bowling Green and Parkway elementary schools honored the adoption of the United States flag with an array of activities on June 14.

Dressed in red, white and blue, Barnum Woods students gathered on the front field under sunny skies for their Flag Day ceremony, held prior to the school’s wellness walk. The fifth-grade band and chorus opened the ceremony with a patriotic tribute to the U.S. Navy, followed by opening remarks from Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams and Principal Gregory Bottari about the significance of Flag Day.
“I am very happy to be here with you today,” said Legislator Abrahams. “One, to celebrate Flag Day and show our patriotism to our country, and two, to be a part of [the wellness walk], because walking and exercising strengthens our hearts and allows us to live much longer lives.”

After his address, Mr. Bottari shared a few facts about the flag. “Each color of the flag represents aspects of our country. The white stands for purity and innocence; the red stands for heartiness and valor which means great courage; and the blue is the color of the chief vigilant which means to keep a watchful eye, perseverance and justice.”

The entire school then assembled for the wellness walk through the neighborhood, touting a healthy lifestyle with banners, hats and signs and waving miniature American flags.

On the other side of the district, Bowling Green students, administrators and faculty convened on the front lawn for their ceremony. The school band opened with a set of patriotic songs as the color guard raised the flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” accompanied by the school’s orchestra. One student from each grade read an original piece of writing, such as a poem, personal reflection or essay, sharing what Flag Day means to them. They also delivered a brief presentation about the importance of celebrating Flag Day and saluting the brave men and women who continue to protect this country.

At Parkway Elementary School, students, teachers, administrators and faculty gathered on the school lawn to celebrate Flag Day with patriotic performances from the school’s band and special guest children’s singer and songwriter Rick Charette.
Following the celebration, Mr. Charette visited second-graders in their classrooms to help them develop their own songs. The visits culminated with a schoolwide concert with Mr. Charette, in which the entire second-grade class performed their two newly written songs — “Third Grade, Here We Come” and “Second-Grade Memories.” In addition, Mr. Charette performed his hit songs “I Love Mud,” “Popcorn” and “Going Through the Car Wash,” as well as “I’m an American” and “Our Flag” for the holiday.