NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 disaster, Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew Engelhardt, a 1998 graduate of North Salem High School, presented one of the few remaining American flags flown in Iraq to the North Salem Central School District . At the September ceremony, the regular American flag was replaced by the flag from Iraq.
Now the Freedom Flag has been taken down and encased in a glass frame, to be hung on display at the high school. At a small ceremony in the school district office, presentation of the flag was officially made by Sgt. Engelhardt to members of the student council.
The frame is adorned with two brass plaques. One reads, Operation Iraqi Freedom Flag, and the other says, Presented to NSCSD 9-9-11, Sgt. Engelhardt, Matt, USMC, Class of 1998.
On hand to thank Sgt. Engelhardt were Superintendent of Schools, Ken Freeston, Assistant Principal George Bovino and faculty member Jay Jazayeri, as well as Paige Banfield, Phoebe Coughlin and Linda DosSantos of the student council.
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