Montfort dedicates new flagpole and American flag to commemorate 9/11
The Montfort Academy commemorated 9/11 by inaugurating a new flagpole and American flag. After remarks about September 11, 2001 by school President Richard Greco in both English and Spanish, for the benefit of five exchange students who had just arrived from Barcelona, itself the recent victim of terrorism, Seniors Mary Greco and Colleen Daly placed a brass time capsule containing the names of all those who perished on 9/11 into the base of the flagpole. Then two other Seniors carried the pole and put it in place. Seniors Ashley Burke, an Air Force Civil Patrol 2nd Lieutenant, and Brandon DiPanfilo, an Eagle Scout, unfolded the new flag and held it tightly as Fr. Francis blessed the flag. The flag was then raised to full height, and the entire school recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The flag was then slowly lowered to half-mast while a hammer was used to toll a bell four times to remember the victims of the four airplanes who flew into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. After moments of silence, Sophomore Maddisyn Campagnone led the school in the National Anthem. On hand for the ceremony was Jim Nolan, a distinguished World War II veteran.