VIDEO: Huge American flag unfurled for Flag Day

Jun 14, 2018

The newly installed American Flag outside Blue Cross Blue Shield's downtown headquarters.
Credit Francesca Bond/WBFO

Elementary students from Waterfront school and BlueCross BlueShield employees cheered this morning loudly for the seventy pound American flag unfurled at the company’s headquarters Downtown on Genesee Street.

The event was part of a ceremony to commemorate Flag Day, and featured  a posting of colors by Naval Park Veteran Docets and the national anthem sung by Angels Quartet.



Erie County Naval and Military Park Development Director Paul Marzello told the crowd and especially the children about the importance of the flag’s symbolism.


“I want you all to wave your flags very proudly because it helps you to remember the things that make us great: Our freedom of choice,” Marzello said.


The students, who were wearing hand drawn red, white and blue paper hats, cheered as the flag was lowered.


Marzello spoke about specific freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution like religion and free speech as well as the importance of honoring veterans today.

 He also talked about constitutional freedoms like religion and free speech — and the importance of honoring veterans today.


“They help to educate kids, just like you, all about life in the military,” Marzello told the students. “
“They like to tell you stories about serving on a ship, flying a jet, living underwater in a submarine, maneuvering inside a tank or doing one of the many support roles that are involved with serving our country.”


Since the start of the annual ceremony, BlueCross BlueShield buys a new flag for the Naval and Military Park each year.