Threshold Academy students learn details about American flag

By Daily News • Last Updated 5:03 pm on Monday, October 03, 2011

Courtesy Photo Sheridan VFW member Terry Dowdell salutes the flag with fifth graders at Threshold Academy.

ORLEANS — Students at Threshold Academy received a new flag for their school.
The Sheridan VFW donated an American flag to fly over the school. VFW member Terry Dowdell presented the flag at a dedication ceremony last week.
All of the students gathered in the gym to hear fifth-grade student Neil Bonoite read a brief history of the American flag.  Other students read the story of the 50-star design of the flag.
Students also listened to the Star-Spangled Banner.
Principal Victoria Simon dedicated the flag in memory of those who served, guarding our nation’s land and sea in defense of the flag.
Dowdell shared with students the meaning behind each of the 13 folds made when folding the flag. His wife, Sue, helped demonstrate the proper way to fold the flag.
“I was a flag girl myself when I was in fifth grade,” said Sue Dowdell.
After the student body recited the pledge of allegiance, Dowdell and the fifth-grade class took the flag outside to be raised for the first time, then lowered it to half mast in honor of Chief Petty Officer Heath Robinson of Petoskey.

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