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Glen Ellyn school celebrates raising of new American flag

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  • Ani Boghossian, left, and Elizabeth Wessel prepare to raise a new U.S. flag Wednesday during a short ceremony before classes at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn.

       Ani Boghossian, left, and Elizabeth Wessel prepare to raise a new U.S. flag Wednesday during a short ceremony before classes at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • A new American flag is flying outside St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn.

       A new American flag is flying outside St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Students from St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn prepare to sing Wednesday during a short ceremony to celebrate the arrival of a new American flag.

       Students from St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn prepare to sing Wednesday during a short ceremony to celebrate the arrival of a new American flag.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • A new American flag takes the place of one that had become old and worn at Glen Ellyn's St. James the Apostle School.

       A new American flag takes the place of one that had become old and worn at Glen Ellyn's St. James the Apostle School.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Video: School dedicates flag

 
 

Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a morning ritual at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn.

But on Wednesday, students found themselves saluting a new 5-by-8-foot flag that was raised for the first time in front of the school.

Teacher Nancy Palumbo organized the dedication ceremony.

"We were buying a new flag because the old flag was so worn out," she said. "The idea was to assemble the school in a special ceremony marking the first time we raised the flag."

During this 15-minute ceremony, seventh-graders Ani Boghossian and Elizabeth Wessel raised the flag with the help of several seventh-grade classmates.

"It was scary," Ani said. "We were afraid we were going to accidentally put the flag upside down or something."

Principal Nancy James led the school in a patriotic prayer in which students asked to bless the country's leaders and troops.

"We ask for protection for all our men and women in uniform, both here and around the world," James said.

The students also waved individual flags and sang the national anthem.

"It was a very moving ceremony," James said, "and you could see the excitement in the eyes of all the children as our beautiful new flag was raised."

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