Miller Avenue Celebrates the Red, White and Blue

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Dressed in patriotic colors and carrying miniature flags, students at Miller Avenue celebrated National Flag Day during an assembly in the school gym. National Flag Day originated in 1885 and is the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. The day was established by a Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and then signed into an Act of Congress in 1949.   
     
Principal Lou Parrinello explained the symbolism of the flag’s colors and the importance of its symbolism. “A flag is not just a thing we place on a wall,” Mr. Parrinello stated. “It is a part of all of us.”
     
Danille Algiere and Allison Cowen’s fourth-grade class presented information about the Declaration of Independence. Under the direction of Ian Platt, the bell choir then played a selection of songs including “America the Beautiful.” New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) participants Eric DiLisio, Ryan Nowalk and Ashley Buro showcased their musical talents with selections from recent competitions. In addition, the second and third-grade students, under the direction of choral instructor Jenilyn Smith, sang songs from the popular play “Seussical.”
    
In closing Mr. Parrinello stated, “The founding of this country took the struggle of many people, and it is for you to carry that torch.”
     
The fifth-grade then sang America the Beautiful as the students in attendance waved their flags in a sea of red, white and blue.