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A Patriotic Showing for Flag Day at Birch Lane

Waving their miniature American flags, students were educated on its history and meaning at a Flag Day ceremony on June 14 at Birch Lane Elementary School.

Representatives from Massapequa Elks Lodge No. 2162 showcased the evolution of the flag, from the pine tree flag that was used during the Revolutionary era to the current iteration with 13 red and white stripes and 50 stars on a field of blue. Also included was the black and white POW/MIA flag. Student leaders spoke about each flag, what it symbolized and why changes were made.

“These are the flags that have represented our country,” Principal Stephen Aspetti said. “Upon their folds is written the story of America.”


Directing their eyes to the small flags in their hands, Mr. Aspetti explained that those represent the core values of Americans – pride, sacrifice, opportunity, hope, strength and freedom. Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, a Birch Lane graduate, brought miniature flags for every child to take home.

After each flag was presented, there was brief musical interlude. Students from the band, chorus and orchestra performed a variety of patriotic songs. For the final piece, the three groups came together for “America the Beautiful.” The ceremony closed out with music teachers Michael Molloy and Dennis McLoughlin playing on patriotic medley on the bagpipes and drums, respectively.