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Amelia Academy Students Place American Flags at the Virginia Veteran's Cemetery

2018, November 8: Braving a cool start to the day, students in the ninth-, tenth-, eleventh, and twelfth grades from Amelia Academy hopped on the School's new activity bus and rode to the Virginia Veteran's Cemetery located on Pridesville Road here in the heart of Amelia Court House. They arrived about 10 minutes later and met with Mr. John Harmon, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and past commander of American Legion Post 87 here in Amelia, who explained to them in detail what their task for the morning would be: Placing an American Flag at the headstone of every service member or family member of a service member in the Cemetery. What follows is the story of the students' morning activities. . .

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To get things started, Mr. John Harmon gives detailed instructions about how to place the flags at the headstones. The crowd consisted of a good number of volunteers from organizations outside of Amelia Academy, as well as Amelia Academy students and faculty.

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Mr. Harmon thanks all the volunteers from the local community for braving the weather to help with placing the flags as Mr. Rodney Taylor, Amelia Academy Head of School, looks on.

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After the initial briefing, the students and faculty spread out and went to work placing the nearly 3,000 flags they were given.

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Amelia Academy Senior Julia H. (on left), Mr. Draper, and tenth-grader Grace W. show teamwork in placing flags at the headstones.

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Juniors Brent C. and Joe B. working together.

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Brogan F., Dylan C., and Nathan G. working together.

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Senior Catarina S. prepares to place a flag after making the proper measurement.

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From (l to r) Isaiah O., Kellie B., and Emma A. and (in the back) Dylan C. and Jade N. work as one big team to get things done twice as fast!

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Senior Jamal G. takes a break in-between making measurements and placing flags with his team.

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Seniors Hannah K., Kelly F., and Mitchell C. working as a team to finish the job.

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From the left, in the back: Senior Ellie T., tenth-graders Olivia S. and Sarah P., and Senior Lina L. (on the right) work in teams placing flags at headstones.

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Senior Randy B. prepares to place a flag after making the proper measurement.

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Amelia Academy Head of School Mr. Rodney Taylor works with Junior Gregory H. to place flags.


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Junior Madison Bo. and Senior Ellie T. take measurements and place flags as a team.

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Emma A., Jade N., and Ryan A. walk back to the bus as Mr. Taylor intently watches the flurry of activity.

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Seniors Paul B. and Elena E. and tenth-grader David E. (front) take measurements and place flags as a team.

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A very picturesque and peaceful image of part of the completed cemetery with the AA activity bus in the background. It only took one hour for the entire cemetery to be completed, which is a tribute to the teamwork displayed by all of the folks involved in this effort. JOB WELL DONE!

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On November 13, students returned to take the flags up and return them to the American Legion. The sixth and seventh grades went out for the flag retrieval and completed the job in under an hour. Excellent work again by all involved!