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June 14, 2013

Flag Day salute

BY BILL WOLCOTT bill.wolcott@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Washington Hunt’s fourth grade chorus will make its swan song Saturday during Flag Day ceremonies at the Elks Club, 6791 North Canal Road.

“They are energetic and emotional,” music teacher Angela Sandy said of the 9-and 10-year-old boys and girls who will sing as representatives of the school one final time.

The Lockport City School District is closing Washington Hunt next week and its students will attend Emmett Belknap when classes resume in September.

 The Lockport Community Band will begin Saturday’s ceremonies, playing patriotic music at 11 a.m. The children will sing the “Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.”

The Elks Club Boy Scout Troop 82 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony following the Elks History of the Flag Ritual.

Sandy, who also teaches music at Anna Merritt, has classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Her Washington Hunt fourth grade class meets on Mondays. They studied digital composition and the 12-bar blues in the general music class.

“This is a musical group,” Sandy said. “They love coming to see me on Monday. They have a lot of fun. They are well-behaved and have fun while they learn. It pulls on their heart strings. This is the last time I will be singing with them.”

Sandy was a vocal major at SUNY Fredonia and holds a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo. She accompanies the Lockport Choral on the piano.

The Washington Hunt students sang songs from the Pacific Rim at the school’s spring concert on May 30.

Every Elks lodge holds a ceremony for Flag Day and, over the years, the Lockport club has taken it to a much higher level. The idea of a Flag Day service was first suggested to the Elks more than 100 years ago, by the then-Grand Exalted Ruler at the 1907 Grand Lodge Session in Philadelphia.