Eldredge 5th Graders Celebrate Flag Day in Song

by | Jun 15, 2023

Above: Fifth graders at Eldredge Elementary sing patriotic songs in honor of Flag Day, June 14, 2023, a decades’ old tradition. Submitted photo 

In a tradition that stretches back at least to the 1980s and maybe earlier (let us know if you were a student in the 1970s, ’60s or ’50s and remember this event  – [email protected]), the fifth graders at Eldredge Elementary sang about a dozen patriotic songs Wednesday, June 14, Flag Day, in front of family members.

Among the songs performed were The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Shh, We’re Writing the Constitution, Grand Old Flag and 50 Nifty United States (catch some of that song here: Eldredge 5th graders on Flag Day 2023). Students also shared the history about the flag itself and the performance ended with 5th graders and audience alike singing the National Anthem together.

Until next year ….


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MaryAnne Carpenter
MaryAnne Carpenter
June 17, 2023 7:57 am

I was a teacher at Eldredge from 1967 to 1970 for 5th and 6th graders. I do not remember this neat assembly ever happening. My mother in law, Mrs. Delight Carpenter was music teacher for EG elementary and later high school. I don’t remember her working with this assembly either.

June 18, 2023 2:03 pm

I was raised in New Bedford and all through grade school we celebrated Flag Day every year with a special all-school assembly and the singing of patriotic songs. We were also taught the history of our flag and the proper handling / folding of it. I loved it and still sing many of those songs. Nice to know the tradition continues 🇺🇸

June 18, 2023 6:19 pm

So wonderful to see the tradition continue! This assembly began in 1990 and continued for about 13 years. Anne Phillips, Pam Testoni and Christine Campagnone collaborated to develop a Flag Day assembly which included music, original student writing, choreography, artwork and slide shows. In 1995 it moved to Hanaford School.

June 18, 2023 12:07 pm

KEEP ELDREDGE SCHOOL A SCHOOL ! Renovate it, yes, but don’t let kids miss the experience of going there. It was great for me and many who followed. If you need ideas for it. Give me a call.
Bruce at 885-3160.

June 19, 2023 8:26 am

Don’t believe we had a Flag Day celebration back in 40’s, early 50’s BUT we did learn all the patriotic songs, said the Pledge of Allegiance, stood at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance and learned to love OUR country for its’ promise and even with its’ faults.
We learned a lot of spirituals back then that they probably wouldn’t allow today. Too bad. They harmed no one and maybe framed some of our ‘activism’ (see Queen of Sweetheart Dance) even back then. I liked “Zippity Do Dah”, which was not really a spiritual but was a part of Disney’s ‘Song of the South’ movie featuring Uncle Remus, who everyone loved.
I salute Eldredge for having Flag Day ceremonies. I hope they keep that school functioning as a school and hope they add honoring other significant holidays. Navy Day. Marine Corps birthday and some others come to mind.
Go Eagles !


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