A Grand Old Flag

In celebration of the 236th anniversary of Flag Day, students and staff at Islip’s Commack Road Elementary School hosted its annual Flag Day ceremony.
“Today is a very special day,” remarked Principal Jeannette Feminella. “It is a day we honor our past and take pride in the history we share as Americans, while looking into the faces of our future – these children. In Islip we are fortune to have families that can trace their family tree back to colonial times, as well as families who are our newest citizens, having recently immigrated to our country for the promise of a better life and freedom. Today we celebrate a symbol that unites us as one nation: our flag.”

Dressed in their patriotic best, with mini American flags waving, the CRES students welcomed members of the Rosy-Bohn American Legion Post 411, New York State Sen. Phil Boyle, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci and Superintendent of Schools Susan A. Schnebel.

During the ceremony, patriotic songs including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “God Bless the USA” were performed by the select chorus, The TrebleMakers, and the entire CRES community. Additionally, student essay winners read their writings on patriotism and were presented with certificates by the American Legion. The Legion also presented academic and music awards to students Kathleen Maguire and Noelle Richard, respectively.