'We are all Americans' on Flag Day Songs, pledge mark celebration

June 15, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

They came to the New Windsor War Memorial last night wearing the colors of Old Glory herself, ready to pledge her spirit and sing her praises.

About 25 people -- mostly older citizens -- turned out for the annual Flag Day ceremony where song and silence both were testimony to the crowd's reverence of the nation's flag.

"No matter the difference we can point out between one another, we all hold the honor and distinction of having that in common," said Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. in his opening remarks.

"We are all Americans."

After the mayor's address, the 15-minute program continued with the participants joining the rest of the country at 7 p.m. in the "Pause for the Pledge."

In New Windsor, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by former mayor-turned-Councilman James C. Carlisle.

Lifelong resident June Keck delighted the small crowd with her a cappella rendition of "I'm a Flag-Waving American."

New Windsor Middle School Principal Jeff Kimble delivered a message packed with facts about the American flag, its origins, evolution and purpose.

The Rev. Darrell Layman of Winters Lutheran Church led the crowd in a prayer.

The event closed with the crowd singing "America."

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