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Celebrating our Constitution

Posted: September 12, 2008 10:24 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Cub Scouts from pack 48 hang an American flag, which had flown over the Capitol building, as students from Sulphur Springs Elementary School watch on Friday morning

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Sulphur Springs Elementary School Students "oohed" and "aahed" Friday morning when an jet zoomed over the campus just as fifth-grade student and Cub Scout Ryan Mills raised the American flag to the top of the flag pole.

"The flag that we're raising this morning is very special," Assistant Principal Alan Reinstein told students. "It actually flew over the U.S. Capitol, so we're very honored to have that flag fly over our school here at Sulphur Springs."

The students were gathered in front of the school to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

Constitution Day recognizes the ratification of the Constitution and all immigrants who have become citizens of the United States.

"It's kind of nice, because yesterday we remembered 9/11 and the heroes that gave their lives in that tragedy, and today we are celebrating the freedoms we have in this country and one of the most important documents in American history," said Reinstein, who was wearing an American flag tie for the occasion.

Each grade performed a patriotic song during the celebration, with two grades doing sign language as they sang and the sixth-grade class performing "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" on harmonicas before singing the lyrics.

Two special guests, Anthony and Genevieve Marincola, were seated on stage to watch the performances. Anthony, 91, is a decorated WWII veteran who served with Gen. George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. He and Genevieve are the parents of Suzanne Ward, an instructional aide at Sulphur Springs.

"We are very, very honored to have Mr. Marincola and his wife, Genevieve, here with us this morning," Reinstein said.

At the end of the program, Reinstein encouraged the students to be good citizens and follow the school's six pillars of character.

"We are all very lucky to live in this country where we have lots of freedom," Reinstein said. "With freedom, comes responsibility, so be sure to follow the character traits and be good citizens."

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