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U.S. Air Force Veteran Peter Stockslager Honored at Maple School's Flag Retirement Ceremony


On May 25, in honor of Memorial Day, Maple School held a Flag Retirement Ceremony with special guest, retired U.S. Air Force and Vietnam veteran Peter Stockslager. The Northbrook resident, who flew F-4 Phantom Planes during the Vietnam War, is currently an active member of the American Legion and works with the Veteran Affairs League. As he looked around the gymnasium and viewed posters depicting all the major conflicts and number of casualties in United States history, he stated that of the 58,169 soldiers who perished during the Vietnam War, 14 were Northbrook residents. He reminded everyone to remember those who fought and died for their country, and to always respect each other.

Maple's Student Council President Nik Shah discussed the significance of the poster display and the U.S. military; while Austin Fialkow and Kasey Bersh acted as masters of ceremonies. Georgia Arvanitis discussed the history of Memorial Day and its meaning.Maple's Color Guard was in charge of organizing the ceremony festivities, which included music performed by Maple's orchestra and band, patriotic prose, and the retirement of a flag. Color Guard members included Lindsay Malkin, Francine Yoon, Joey Sewall and Paul Graham. The Color Guard also helped custodian Jose Medina retire the flag using the proper folds, and installed a new one in front of the school. Peter Stockslager is donating the retired flag to the American Legion, where it will be disposed of in a respectful manner. Social studies teacher Mario Gurgone coordinated this special assembly.

"This is the most meaningful assembly of the year," said Principal Dr. Nathan Carter.

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