Aleeha Chapman, 10, pours a cup of coffee for U.S. Air Force veteran Carlton Tripp of Litchfield prior to the start of the Flag Day ceremony at Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield on Wednesday. Students from Carrie Ricker, Libby Tozier and Sabattus Primary schools came together under one roof, along with Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops, to celebrate Flag Day with visiting veterans. Fourth-grader Chapman and Ayla Gungor served breakfast to the veterans in the school library. “Today is a very big deal at our school,” Chapman said. Third-grade teacher Diane Whalen started the Flag Day celebration tradition over 25 years ago. 

Physical education teacher Kyle Stanley leads the kindergarten class parade during the Flag Day ceremony at Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield on Wednesday. 

Navy veteran Gordon Smith of Lewiston claps as kindergarten students wave their flags during the Flag Day ceremony parade at Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield on Wednesday. 

Many students wore red, white and blue outfits to school for the Flag Day celebration at Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield. Children from Carrie Ricker, Libby Tozier and Sabattus Primary schools participated in the ceremony. 

Cub Master Tim Robinson of Cub Scout Troop 110 in Sabattus shows scouts how to properly retire an American flag prior to the start of the Flag Day ceremony at Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield on Wednesday. 

Fourth-grader Ayla Gungor, 10, serves breakfast to veterans from the American Legion Post 135 and Post 181 prior to the start of the Flag Day ceremony at Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield on Wednesday. Gungor and Aleeha Chapman volunteered to come to school early to serve breakfast to the veterans. “I was delighted to help,” Gungor said. 

Third-grader Jack Kramarz, 9, of Cub Scout Troop 110, keeps an American flag from touching the ground during a proper flag retirement activity. 


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