Patriotic songs, music, poems and the wonderment in children’s voices filled the air outside of Middlesex Valley Elementary School Thursday as students in grades UPK-2 celebrated Flag Day and honored local veterans.
“Good morning, Valley,” Principal Bonnie Cazer called from a podium on the edge of the sidewalk where first-grade teacher Joanne Emerson welcomed the Marcus Whitman Central School (Gorham-Middlesex CSD) community, filling the lawn as teachers led their classes out of the building.
A large American flag was carefully brought out by a group of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, guided by Barb Dunham, a Middlesex Valley alumna and secretary at the school who is retiring after 35 years. The scouts, who also made flowers in memory of veterans, carried the Stars and Stripes to the school’s main flagpole, where head custodian Tyler Bermon helped them secure and raise it high into the air beneath clear blue skies.
“Oh say, can you see,” belted out music teacher Laura Giberson, starting a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, after which classes — one by one — made presentations, beginning with Melissa Henderson’s first-graders talking about the history of Flag Day.