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Medina’s Oak Orchard and Clifford Wise Celebrate Flag Day


Photo Caption: Oak Orchard Primary Principal Jennifer Stearns with Mr. Harmer, Mr. Freas and Mr. Follman and students from Miss Grayson’s UPK class: Leah Hungerford, Henry Noga, Rebecca Delong, Barrett Root, and Margot Thomas.    


June 14th commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States.  Medina Central School District’s Oak Orchard Primary and Clifford Wise Intermediate School were honored to welcome Mike Harmer and James Freas from VFW Post 1483 out of Medina and John Follman from American Legion Post 1603 in Lyndonville to their schools to celebrate the occasion. 


The three men talked about the significance of flag folding as it was demonstrated to the students.  An honor guard meticulously folds the flag exactly 13 times in remembrance of the 13 colonies.  The students were told what each fold represents as they watched the proceedings.  The flag was then presented to Oak Orchard Principal Jennifer Stearns, who said it would have a place of honor in the main office. Students at Oak Orchard, under the direction of music teacher and Glee Club Director Andrea Busch, sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag” to end the presentation. 


At Clifford Wise, Superintendent Dr. Mark Kruzynski introduced Mr. Harmer, Mr. Freas and Mr. Follman and played Master of Ceremonies for the band, poetry readers and singalong.  He was presented with the flag on behalf of the Intermediate School. 


A special thank you to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1483 representative Debbie Barry, who organized the event and provided gift bags to Oak Orchard students to help celebrate Flag Day, along with flags for them to proudly wave during the ceremony.