FLAG

Cecil Whig - - LO­CAL -

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Philip Haxel, Jr., helps di­rect Leeds stu­dents as they cre­ate a liv­ing Amer­i­can flag.

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