OSWEGO – Just in time for Memorial Day celebrations later this month and the Flag Day holiday in June, some Oswego County schools are receiving some brand new American Flags due to the efforts of a local veteran and a member of the County Legislature.
Commander John Young of the American Legion Post 587 and Legislator Dan Farfaglia (District 24 – Fulton, Granby, Minetto and Oswego Town) teamed up earlier this year to assist eight school districts that were in need of new American Flags.
This public service project, which has been months in the making, was successfully completed with substantial assistance from many Oswego County service clubs and financial institutions.
The districts that are the recipients of the new flags are Oswego, Fulton, Central Square, Mexico, Phoenix, Pulaski, APW and Sandy Creek.
“On behalf of the Phoenix Central School District, I would like to thank Legislator Dan Farfaglia and Commander John Young for coordinating this project,” said Phoenix Schools Superintendent Christopher Byrne. “I would also like to thank the following for their generosity and monetary donation used to purchase these flags:
American Legion Post 587, Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club, Oswego Lions, Ancient Order of Hibernians – Oswego County Chapter, Fulton Noon Rotary Club, Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club, Fulton Savings Bank, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Fulton Lions Club, Pathfinder Bank of Oswego, Community Bank of Fulton, American Legion Post 1552, and the Fulton Veterans Council.
“Our district will proudly display these flags in our buildings and classrooms for years to come,” said Superintendent Byrne.
“With education budgets as constrained as they are, every acquisition of supplies that local schools receive free of charge, is very helpful in the long run,” said Commander Young who was very instrumental in obtaining the flags that the schools needed. “It is also my hope that when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, the students remember the men and women who bravely fought for this country.”
This project was also made possible with valuable assistance from Donna Kestner of the Fulton Veterans Council.
Receiving the flags on behalf of their home school districts are seventh graders that were at the County Legislative chambers for the annual “Student Government Day” and a Voice of Democracy essay winner from Sandy Creek.
The students bringing the flags to their schools and in order in the photo are: Grace Porter– Fulton, Azla `An Ahmed – Oswego, Jason Wood -Central Square, Bethany Cook – Phoenix, Madelyn Vashaw – Pulaski, Joey Reed – Mexico, Olivia Turk – APW and Senior Chase Pappa – the Sandy Creek Essay Contest Winner.
Commander Young and Legislator Farfaglia are in middle in the group picture.
“I believe that the American flag is an important component of education in this nation and helps install patriotism in our youth. Working with Commander Young on this venture has been very rewarding and we are grateful to all the organizations that donated funds to make this happen,” said Legislator Farfaglia.