2015-06-17 / Front Page

Forest Hills Gardens Flag Day Celebration 2015

Melinda Katz and her two sons, Carter and Hunter, and the three essay winners.Photos Cheryl CuddebackMelinda Katz and her two sons, Carter and Hunter, and the three essay winners.Photos Cheryl CuddebackForest Hills Gardens celebrated Flag Day a day early The Boy Scouts of Pack 96. 

The Boy Scouts of Pack 96. on Saturday, June 13. The ceremony commenced with a welcome message by FHG Corporation Board Member and Master of Ceremonies, Tony Barsamian. President Mitchell Cohen was on hand also, and helped coordinate the program’s events.





Photo Maria KalliagasPhoto Maria KalliagasThe Procession to the Flagpole was led by the Boy Scouts of Pack 96, who also led the raising Forest Hills Gardens Corporation Board Member and Master of Ceremonies Tony Barsamian, State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., and the three essay contest winners, Flamina Buganza, Ava Neumaier, and Abraham DeMarco.
Forest Hills Gardens Corporation Board Member and Master of Ceremonies Tony Barsamian, State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., and the three essay contest winners, Flamina Buganza, Ava Neumaier, and Abraham DeMarco. of the flag. Borough President Melinda Katz recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and lent her voice by singing the “Star Spangled Banner” to a cheery crowd. She also sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”





The Garden Players, Musical Director Betina Hershey, essay contest winners, Borough President Melinda Katz, and Master of Ceremonies Tony Barsamian. 


The Garden Players, Musical Director Betina Hershey, essay contest winners, Borough President Melinda Katz, and Master of Ceremonies Tony Barsamian. Featured were The Garden Players, led by their Musical Director Betina Hershey, who performed “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and other popular numbers from recent musicals. The children were enthusiastically welcomed by the audience.


The ceremony then proceeded to readings by the Audience members of the Forest Hills Gardens Flag Day Celebration 2015. Audience members of the Forest Hills Gardens Flag Day Celebration 2015. Forest Hills Gardens Flag Day Essay contest winners, Flamina Buganza, Ava Neumaier, and Abraham DeMarco,  students from PS 196. After reading their essays, they were awarded with prizes by Barsamian.




Photo Maria KalliagasPhoto Maria KalliagasState Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. spoke to the crowd about the beauty of community. JR Nocerino represented Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz at the ceremony. Congresswoman Grace Meng supplied a flag from the capital.
—Anaé Petito


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