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placeholder September 19, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA

Pupils at St. Elizabeth Elementary School applaud after the flag-raising ceremony.
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Old Glory returns to
St. Elizabeth school

Students at St. Elizabeth Elementary School did something on Sept. 9 that they haven’t been able to do for seven years. They raised the American flag over the schoolyard.

With special guests from the Oakland Fire Department, Oakland Police Department, the Oakland Military Institute and the Oakland City Council in attendance, the newly repaired flagpole returned to service.

Student body President Ysela Rodriguez, assisted by a Cadet Capt. Garland Li, 17, from the military institute, raised the flag reverently at the conclusion of a ceremony that involved prayer, song, a talk on the significance of Old Glory and brief remarks by City Councilman Ignacio de la Fuente.

“This is quite a momentous moment,” Sister Rose Marie Hennessy told the gathering that included more than 300 students ranging in age from early-bird preschool to eighth grade. “We honor our heroes, civic leaders and our families,” she said, “and all who chose to live in this country and make it a better country.”

De la Fuente reminded the children that education is their first priority. “Your principal job is to get an education,” he said. “Education is necessary to replace us as leaders of the City Council, doctors, lawyers.”

He added, “Do the best you can for your fellow men and fellow women,” he said.
Franciscan Father Martin Ibarra offered a prayer, concluding, “We need to continue to work for peace.”

The students sang “God Bless America,” and recited a heartfelt pledge of allegiance. Youngsters presented thank you books to the first responders.

Fourth-grade teacher Brianne Walterhouse led the effort to get the flagpole in working order. “I’m just a proud American,” she said. “The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday.”

As the ceremony ended, and student leaders invited guests to join them for refreshments, the young students walked quietly to their classrooms. Many passed a longstanding bulletin board, showing two towers and the words, “We remember 9/11/01.”

 
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