College Hill Elementary honors custodian who passed away
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - It was an emotional day at College Hill Elementary School as students, staff, and family members paid tribute to custodian, Duane Bookout, who died in March.
Bookout, an Iraqi war veteran, was remembered by his daughter, Adrian Carter, as compassionate.
"It's an overwhelming feeling to see the love and support that we have of the community...he was an extraordinary man," Carter said.
Bookout's wife Anita said he never met a stranger; he just met new friends.
The American Legion rode their motorcycles to the school with flags on the back of each bike. The flag-folding ceremony consisted of 13 folds. Each fold represents different aspects of our freedom.
They presented the flag to a few students who would help Bookout raise and lower the flag each day.
Organizer of Wednesday's tribute said Bookout's hands were the last on the flag. The flag will be on display at the school in his memory.