A Very Special Flag at MCS

A Very Special Flag at MCS

A Very Special Flag at MCS

Bert and Hayley LaCoste show off the certificate that now hangs in the school. Photo by Linda Maness.

Bert and Hayley LaCoste show off the certificate that now hangs in the school. Photo by Linda Maness.

The Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet, Vt. held a very special Memorial Day Ceremony, arranged by Bert LaCoste as a tribute to her husband Ron and the HHC 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade Task Force Eagle, currently deployed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Bert and Ron are MCS parents of second grader Haley. Ron sent an American flag that flew over the northern Arabian Sea on April 14, 2014, to mark the day. He was able to listen to some of the school’s ceremony through Facetime on Bert’s phone. The school began by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and then followed with the singing of the National Anthem. Sixth grader Thomas Dunbar played ‘Taps’ on his trumpet. The Granville American Legion Color Guard was also represented. Each class read a poem or sang a song to acknowledge Memorial Day and the soldiers who have died for our country. The morning’s ceremony concluded with singing the song ‘America.’

A framed certificate acknowledging the flag’s history now hangs in the school lobby.  Mettawee students made Ron a colorful banner that they and their teachers each signed. Once the banner made it overseas, Ron took a few pictures with the banner and then sent them back to the school. LaCoste’s tour of duty is expected to be completed over the summer.

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