CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some Clifton Park elementary students recognized the American flag on Friday.
The American flag was adopted in 1777. Every year, it is celebrated on June 14, or Flag Day. On Friday, some students in Clifton Park attended a ceremony to recognize the importance of the red, white and blue.
Patriotism was at its best at Okte Elementary School as they reflected on Flag Day with enthusiasm using song, dance and essays.
The celebration began with an opening parade by the first and second graders as they marched with their handmade maracas and kazoos. Essay contest winners also inspired pride while reading their words.
Among the speakers was 10-year-old Breanna Mejia.
“I love my country and think we should all be thankful for what we have,” she said. “As I know through experience what people are missing out on.”
Mejia was born in America, but her father wasn’t. She lived with him for six years in Peru.
“I will stand up for my flag and country,” she read from her essay. “I learned another national anthem and became familiar with another flag.”
The fourth grader went to an American school while in Peru, and in July, she and her father flew the American flag for Independence Day.
“I’ve never felt so much honor and pride for my country,” she said in her essay. “Even though I lived in another continent, I still had deep love and more for all that my American flag represents.”
“You can be proud to say that you live in the United States of America, and each time you see the red and white stripes and white stars with the blue background, your heart will feel warm security and a sense of pride in the great old U.S.,” her essay continues. “God Bless America.”