Marticville MS honors veterans, accepts flag

At a spirited Veterans Day ceremony, Marticville Middle School students and staff Friday honored members of the military and accepted a flag that was flown over Afghanistan during a military mission on July 4, 2013.

Friday’s ceremony began with a rousing medley of patriotic songs by the middle school band, including the anthems of each branch of service. Members of the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard, dressed in uniform, displayed the flags of the branches, and retired U.S. Army Specialist Ed Krimmel explained the significance of the 13 folds of the American flag.

Marticville principal Christine Santaniello then accepted the flag that was flown during an air assault mission in Afghanistan. It was given to the school at the request of Craig Kubicar, a Marticville parent and member of the Army National Guard who participated in that July 4 mission and recently returned home from Afghanistan.

The event also included a lively question-and-answer session with members of the honor guard, a group of military retirees that performs at nearly 400 military funeral services each year. Students asked members what wars they served in, what their medals represented, why they enlisted and what advice they would have for someone enlisting today. “Get a good education and get yourself in good physical shape” was the answer.

One student even asked, “Have any of you been shot?” and “Did it hurt?,” prompting laughter from the audience and guard members.

Santaniello said the donated flag and a framed certificate explaining its significance will be displayed with photos of local veterans in a case outside the Marticville Middle School auditorium.