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New Berney Flagpole Dedicated

Berney dedicates new flagpole in front of the school

Liberty, justice and freedom rang out this morning at Berney Elementary as former Berney students, who now serve in the Walla Walla High School JROTC, returned to their beloved school to dedicate a new flagpole. The Berney choir sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem to support the ceremony.

The old flagpole was located in the back of the school because the 1970s era main entrance was off School Ave. When Berney was renovated decades ago the flagpole stayed in its original location. Staff and students began to wonder why. Para-Educator Jane Kuschatka decided to ask if the school could get a new flagpole located in front of the school on Pleasant Street. Jane’s request was approved and the rest is history.

Nelson Construction of Walla Walla completed the project. The timing of today’s ceremony was linked to Flag Day, which is celebrated on June 14. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. It was in 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. The day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served under this flag and the values it represents: liberty, justice and freedom.

Today’s ceremony at Berney reinforces the incredible patriotism and pride our flag represents for all Americans.

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