foundation has come to Cecil County to create a living flag. Since the foundation started its Traveling American Flag program in 2009, Bay View, North East and Cecilton elementary schools have all participated.
The first living flag was formed more than 100 years ago, in 1914, when 6,500 Baltimore students wearing red, white and blue robes gathered at Fort McHenry in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the British bombardment of the fort during the War of 1812.
The process of creating the living American flag has gotten more high tech since then. On Thursday morning, Leeds students lined up in rows and were each given a colored placard to hold above their heads. A drone then flew over the group to get a photo of the living American flag.
Prior to the creation of the flag outside, students got a history lesson on the bombing of Fort McHenry from historian Chris Russo, and students paraded into the school cafeteria carrying the flags of the first 15 states to join the union.
During the assembly, the foundation also presented a flag to the school and honored the winners of its Philip F. Haxel Sr. Patriotism Honor Roll essay contest. Sydney Williams was selected as the school’s overall winner and will be honored at a Baltimore Orioles game later this year.
Philip Haxel, Jr., helps direct Leeds students as they create a living American flag.