- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
On a cloudy fall day, Sleepy Hollow Middle School students showed their support for the men and women who have served our nation by installing 400 American Flags on the middle/high school lawn.
Each flag was placed one-by-one into the ground to create a formation similar to Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. It truly is a labor of love.
“It gives me a sense of pride that the students would give up their time to put the flags here,” said 97-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Armando “Chick “Galella. “It is important to show the young students that they should be proud of our flag and the millions of Americans who have lost their lives.”
The Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns made the original purchase of the flags last year and they were first installed for Veterans Day 2017 and then in May for Memorial Day. “We want the public to remember what our troops have done over the years,” commented Rotary member Joanne Murray. “It is so easy to forget but as Chick Galella says, we must never forget.”
Students from Andrea Harrison’s Art Club have been involved with the project from the beginning and were joined this year even more students. “I feel we should really honor the people who served our country so proudly,” said seventh-grader Nina Lyppens as she placed flags on the lawn.
Many thanks to Superintendent of Schools Christopher Borsari, School Board President Mimi Godwin, trustee Diane McCarthy, SHMS Principal Joshua Whitham, SHMS Assistant Principal Richard Crawford, Andrea Harrison, Rotary Club members Joanne Murray, Margaret Black, Mike Galella, Fred Salek and Anthony Jelenack.
Chick Galella earned the highest rank an enlisted man can attain, Battalion Sergeant Major and he received the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service and bravery in the Battle of Okinawa but Galella humbly said,” The real her