More than 100 American flags will grace the lawn of St. Mary’s School this week in honor of current and past servicemen and women, victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and first responders.
St. Mary’s has had a long history of appreciation for first responders, especially since a fire in the early 1970s, said Principal Ann Marie Deutsch.
“It’s a very moving and important project for the community for students to know how to love and appreciate their country and what they can do in this world to give back,” Deutsch said.
The opening ceremony for the four-day tribute will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary’s Church where the Rev. Michael Costik, parochial administrator of St. Benedict Parish, will lead a prayer, followed by a procession to the Field of Honor on the lawn next to the church and a reception in Dougherty Hall. There will also be a color guard, eighth-graders will sing “America the Beautiful” and small flags will be distributed to attendees.
Each flag, honoring an individual person, will have a tribute card identifying the honoree, their service and who bought the flag.