More than 600 students, teachers, parents and local officials gathered outside Providence Classical Academy today to dedicate the school’s new flagpole and flag.
The ceremony was also held to honor military, police, firefighters and first responders on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. PCA Headmaster Howard Davis noted how grateful the school community is for the new flagpole and American flag, which were generously donated by the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Company. Mr. James Ross, a leader at the company, participated in the dedication and presentation.
“We still believe in the values and principles that have made our nation, under God, the greatest on the earth,” Davis said. “This will be an appropriate way, and a fitting day, to acknowledge those ideals as we proudly raise our new flag.”
State Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) spoke about the day’s significance in American history and the importance of honoring the America flag. Johnson, who serves as president of the PCA Board of Directors, donated new American flags for every classroom at the school last month.
“As our nation drifts further and further from its moral and religious foundations, we believe these patriotic traditions are critically important to maintain,” remarked Johnson.
Johnson then reminded the crowd of the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower as he explained the motivation behind Congress adding “under God” to our Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Eisenhower noted when signing the new law: “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning.”
Students involved in the Boy Scouts of America raised the new flag to the top of the staff then lowered it to half-staff in remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11 as well as for the first responders who have recently lost their lives in the line of duty throughout the state and nation.
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