Buffalo School Students Celebrate Flag Day

Honor Sara M. Hinson for beginning Flag Day tradition in 19th century

Mike Baggerman
June 14, 2018 - 4:32 pm

Flag at Sara M. Hinson's Grave Site at Forest Lawn Cemetery. June 14, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - About 600 students from Buffalo Public Schools participated in a National Flag Day Ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Along with a celebration of the American flag, students from Schools 17, 31, and 54 honored former Buffalo teacher and administrator Sara Hinson, who is credited as being the first to organize a flag day commemoration in 1891 on the date when the Continental Congress adopted the flag: June 14, 1777. 

WATCH: Students from Buffalo Public Schools Parade through Forest Lawn Cemetery

"She attended my school at ECC 17 and she was a teacher and principal at School 31," Maddison, a third grade student in Shanoda Davis classroom.

"She helped really create this day for us," Davis told WBEN. 

The ceremony began with opening remarks from Buffalo School Board member Paulette Woods, the playing of patriotic songs, a replacement of the flag at Hinson's grave site, and a 21-gun salute. 

Students from the three schools also handed worn-out American flags to members of the Buffalo Fire Department, who retired the flags by burning them.


Flag Day Comments from Paulette Woods and BPS Administration

Replacing the flag at the grave site of Sara Hinson

Patriotic Songs with Buffalo Public Schools

Retiring the flags with help from BPS and Buffalo Fire


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