From Sgt. Joe Fraioli
There were some observances of Flag Day today but they all brought to mind that the Frankford High School Junior ROTC Color Guard honors the flag many times each year by participating in community events.
On Memorial Day Weekend they were at the Puerto Rican Medal of Honor Memorial Day Ceremony held at Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge. The normally outdoor ceremony was held indoors due to the inclement weather. Puerto Ricans are one of the very very few states or territories that hold a memorial service every year to honor their Medal of Honor Recipients ( Total of 9: 8 Army & 1 Marine; 5 from Vietnam War and 4 from Korean War). The ceremony is hosted by American Legion Latin American Post 840 and attended by many dignitaries from American Legion, VFW and other military organizations. The Frankford HS color guard presented the colors.
A Memorial Day Ceremony was hosted by the Malik Family of Northeast Philadelphia (Jardel Area). The highlight of the ceremony was the display of the Philadelphia Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall (Plaques) that were on display on the grounds. Ceremony included the Frankford HS color guard in addition to members of the Philadelphia Fire and Police Departments.
On Saturday, March 20th the Pioneers hosted Roxborough. Frankford won 42-0. The JROTC Color guard did it’s first event in 12 months.
Residents and community organizations gathered at Womrath Park in Frankford to rake leaves, pick up trash and contribute to a growing sense of community in the area. Organized by the office of State Rep Joe Hohenstein, 177th District. Photos available at chrisbakerevens.com.