The Canarsie Courier’s take on our Flag Ceremony!
Flag Ceremony At Our Lady Of Trust
By D. Rybstein
According to a 1943 government protocol describing the proper disposal method for an American Flag when it is no longer in good enough condition to fly, the Stars and Stripes is to be burned in a somber ceremony. To demonstrate continuity, a new flag is designated its successor and is immediately hoisted up on the flagpole where the old flag once proudly waved in the wind.
After a recent flag inspection, Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy Principal Mrs. Arlene Barcia called upon Monsignor John Delendick, of neighboring St. Jude’s Church, and a long-time FDNY chaplain, to organize what was to be a moving ceremony at the Canarsie Road Catholic school. After flying for many years, Our Lady of Trust’s flag was shredded in multiple places.
Barcia told the Canarsie Courier Monsignor Delendick has always been a “stickler for a proper flag” and he jumped on the occasion to make things right. In the schoolyard ceremony, the old flag was placed in a drum where a flame was burning, to be reduced to ashes. Those ashes are later buried.
Delendick arranged for bagpipers Bill Murphy and Pete Tigh from the Fire Department’s Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Corps to play stirring tunes for the assembled students, teachers, administration and guests. A bugler played Taps as the attendees gave their final salute to the “old” Old Glory.
Delendick offered a benediction and anointed the new flag just prior to its hoisting on the flagpole located at the school’s main entrance.