Red, White & Blue Day Honors September 11th Heroes

Oakwood students present our Nation’s flag as they helped lead their schoolmates in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Oakwood students present our Nation’s flag as they helped lead their schoolmates in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Countrywood’s September 11th ceremony provides a perfect picture of why everyday is Unity Day in South Huntington.
Countrywood’s September 11th ceremony provides a perfect picture of why everyday is Unity Day in South Huntington.
Oakwood’s classes watch as the American Flag is moved to half-staff.
Oakwood’s classes watch as the American Flag is moved to half-staff.
Countrywood’s Assistant Principal and Principal, Kellie Njenga and Barbara Kenney respectively, get the help of scouting members of their school, as they stand united.
Countrywood’s Assistant Principal and Principal, Kellie Njenga and Barbara Kenney respectively, get the help of scouting members of their school, as they stand united.

On Monday, September 11th, staff, students, and families assembled outdoors for the annual “Red, White & Blue Day” ceremonies at Countrywood and Oakwood Primary Centers.  “It has been 16 years, yet the memories and emotions are still painful for so many family and friends.  To all those affected we can only offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers,” said Countrywood Principal Barbara Kenney.  “On this day, we also recognized the heroic efforts of the countless men and women who save so many lives.” Following a moment of silence, the nation’s flag was lowered to half-staff and everyone proudly stood as one united family and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The ceremony continued as Mr. Slawitsky at Countrywood invited second-grade students from Mr. Campbell/Ms. Rabideau and Ms. Nicolino/Ms. Sullivan’s classes to join him in leading the school community on this special day of remembrance.  In unison, the Countrywood school community sang a medley of patriotic songs which included America, This Land is Your Land, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and God Bless the USA.

At Oakwood, Principal Eileen Kerrigan led her school and guests in a similar ceremony as students in Ms. Herrera’s class made a presentation of the ‘Colors’ and Music teacher Ms. Pinelli led the school in singing patriotic songs. “The focus is on being proud to be an American and to think about heroes and bravery,” said Principal Kerrigan.  “I explain what it means when we see an American Flag at half-staff and its importance of respect.” 

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