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Staff Sgt. Crystal Chapman and Victoria Gardner watch on as Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Morgan II and Olivia Gardner raise the flag at Saratoga Elementary School May 25 in Springfield, Virginia.

NGA Celebrates Memorial Day with Saratoga Elementary School

 June 8, 2018

 Brittany Reid
 NGA Office of Corporate Communications

Members of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s color guard participated in Saratoga Elementary School’s Military Appreciation Day celebration May 25 in Springfield, Virginia.

The event acknowledged and honored students with family members who serve, or have served, in the military.

 “We know how difficult it can be for military members to be away from their families, and this is a way to celebrate the military members and the military families for their service,” said Megan Grasso, Saratoga Elementary school counselor. “Our school community is greatly impacted by those serving, and it is important for our school to recognize and appreciate those who have (served) and currently serve in the military.”

NGA’s color guard participated in a flag-raising demonstration following the family military breakfast.

“Serving as a member of the joint service color guard is a great honor,” said Staff Sgt. Crystal Chapman, a member of the color guard. “I wanted to participate in this event to show that you can respect your country every day by simply raising and saluting the United States flag at school.”

Jason Meyers, NGA Office of Ventures and Innovation, also attended the event with his family.

“Being in the military is like being part of a really large extended family,” said Meyers. “Wherever the military takes you, your fellow service members and their families eagerly welcome you. Today, the students, faculty and staff of Saratoga Elementary School did an excellent job of bringing together a small portion of the larger military family.”

The event was sponsored by NGA’s Partners in Education program. Reach out via