An American flag from the front line of battle in Iraq has found an unusual home at in Hauppauge.
Students are proud to have an American flag flown over a U.S. combat zone in Baghdad, Iraq hang in their preschool classroom, said owner and teacher Jackie Krumm. It reminds the students of their personal ties to those serving overseas.
"It's a gift that we'll cherish and use for all of our ceremonies," Krumm said.
Nesconset resident Jennifer Murtha began her teaching observations at Montessori Minds in fall 2010, while her husband, Kevin, was serving a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq. As a member of the U.S. Army, Kevin was stationed in the Green Zone, the center of Iraq's new coalition government.
Krumm said she and Jennifer wanted to do something for the soldiers during the upcoming holiday season, and decided to help the students make greeting cards for soldiers serving overseas.
"We get a lot of cards. People smile and some will put them up to decorate their rooms," Kevin said.
The students' efforts and kind words inspired Kevin to send a thank-you gift back. The soldier said he purchased an American flag, which he flew over combat zone F.O.B. Union 3 Baghdad on Feb. 2, 2011 before mailing it back to the students.
"When you are at the palace, Victory Over America, they do a small ceremony for themselves. Sometimes, there's a certificate that goes with it," Kevin said. "I thought it would be nicer if the flag came from me personally."
In addition to the flag, Kevin also sent the preschool students pictures of him holding it in Baghdad.
Krumm said the students used American flag flown over Iraq for their spring graduation ceremonies. It continues to serve as a reminder to student of the importance of doing good for others, she said.