Valle Verdes Flag Day Celebration Was A Success. American flags lined the canopies of the courtyard of El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde campus, as attendees got to enjoy music, games and free food for an educational Flag Day Celebration.
Yadira Corral a representative with campus life explained that the event was a huge success with at least 164 people participating. The celebration started off with EPCC student Cassidy Herrera singing of the national anthem and recited the pledge of allegiance.
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Flag day celebration at the Valle Verde campus on June 14, 2019
Bel Air High School’s Color guard team joined the celebration by presenting and saluting the American and Texas flag as Herrera sang. The event was held on Friday June 14, and was sponsored by Campus Life, the Veterans Resource Center, the Student Government Association and Intramural Sports.
Campus life, one of the main sponsors of the Flag Day celebration, wanted to make sure the event would not only be fun but also educational. They held a scavenger-hunt style quiz where participants were required to walk around the event to find different posters scattered throughout the courtyard, in order to receive a free hamburger or hotdog.
The posters contained facts about the history of the American flag and Flag Day. Facts such as the signing of the Flag Resolution of 1777 laying out the guidelines for the American flag’s design, and how Flag Day is a
celebration the day it was signed. Students, teachers and veterans worked together throughout the day to accomplish their goal of completing the scavenger hunt.
A small group gathered around a poster as one of them read the Flag Resolution aloud for the rest to hear “the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.
” Some participants came to the event after hearing about the free food, some just came across the event while going through their daily routine and decided to take part. The Intramural Sports department normally oversees the gym and outdoor activities; for Flag Day they provided the event with fun activities such as giant board games and corn hole Coral expressed that she felt like students really got to learn about the history of the American flag and why we celebrate Flag day.
She continues by stating “People had to go around and read everything, in order for them to find the answers they are looking for.” Veterans like Mike Fernandez who served in the Vietnam War in the early 1970s and now enjoys taking part in the community.
Prior to the event Coral expressed a desire to hold fun and educational activities for students attending classes, even though the summer is less busy and there are less students, campus life still wants them to be excited about coming to campus.
Campus life will be holding more events soon such as an Ice Cream Social and the Tejano Red, White and Blue field day. For more information contact campus life at 831-3105 or visit them in room C-105.