â€” Contributed by Tricia Flynn
On Thursday, Oct. 16, St. James the Less Catholic School received a new American flag and California State flag as donations from a St. James family and the school’s own Girl Scout Troop 626. The flags that were being raised every morning by the school’s student council members were old, torn, and ready for retirement. The flags had flown over the school for many years so new ones were appreciated by principal Susan Romero.
Father Ed Dover, after finishing Mass with the whole school, took the students and their teachers outside where he led them in a Blessing of the Flags ceremony, a ceremony that is very symbolic for a Catholic school.
After each flag was blessed, it was raised slowly while the students sang God Bless America.