HERCULES -- Hanna Ranch Elementary School will hold its annual flag-raising ceremony Sept. 27 to show pride in the nation, the state and the school's designation as a California Distinguished School.

"It's a kickoff event for doing well all year long," said Steve Kirby, a Hercules resident and retired teacher at the school who is one of the organizers of what has become an annual event.

There will be inspirational speeches and bugle calls. Local dignitaries are expected to attend. The ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m.

The school is at 2480 Refugio Valley Road in easternmost Hercules.

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