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‘A promise of our future and a reminder of our past:’ Flag Day at Pulaski

Pulaski Street Elementary School’s fifth grade class celebrated Flag Day today with the Daughters of the American Revolution, who came to teach them about the history of the American flag and the importance of respecting it.

Suffolk DAR regent Ann Otten led the ceremonies, which included the presentation of the colors by the Riverhead High School NJROTC color guard, the Pledge of Allegiance and a demonstration and explanation of the flag-folding ceremony.

Otten reviewed the origins of the flag and told students about how the design of the flag evolved — from the Grand Union Flag prior to the Revolutionary War, to the flag reportedly designed by Betsy Ross, to the 15-stripe flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner,” to the flag Americans salute today.

“Today is the 241st birthday of our flag,” Otten said. “And whether we call the flag by its official name — the flag of the United States of America — or the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory or the Star Spangled Banner, it’s still our flag. It’s our country’s symbol of our ideals that are meant to last. It’s a promise of our future and a reminder of our past.”

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