Stu­dents, of­fi­cials com­mem­o­rate Sept. 11

Down­ing­town area stu­dents learn about hon­or­ing mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers and first re­spon­ders

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Check out cov­er­age of lo­cal cer­e­monies for the 15-year an­niver­sary of the Sept. 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

WEST BRAD­FORD >> With stu­dents born af­ter the 9/11 at­tacks, Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School teaches its stu­dents to honor first re­spon­ders and mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers.

The kinder­garten through fifth grade school of the Down­ing­town Area School District held Mon­day its sec­ond an­nual “Brad­ford Heights Patriot’s Flag Rais­ing” cer­e­mony. The rais­ing of the Amer­i­can flag hon­ored the nearly 3,000 peo­ple who died in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks 15 years ago this past Sun­day.

School of­fi­cials said that many stu­dents have fam­ily mem­bers who serve in the mil­i­tary and as first re­spon­ders. School of­fi­cials pro­vide par­ents with re­sources to as­sist them in teach­ing their child about Sept. 11, 2001 if they de­cide to talk about it as a fam­ily. In school, the stu­dents are taught about hon­or­ing those who serve in the mil­i­tary and as first re­spon­ders.

“We gather this morn­ing on Patriot Day to re­mem­ber the count­less mil­i­tary ser­vice men and women, and first re­spon­ders who have ded­i­cated their lives in ser­vice to our na­tion,” Brad­ford Heights Prin­ci­pal An­drew Hof­fert said. “As a sign of re­spect, all U.S. flags are or­dered to be flown at half­staff.”

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed the Ed­ward M. Kennedy Serve Amer­ica Act in 2009 to rec­og­nize Sept. 11 as a Na­tional Day of Ser­vice and Re­mem­brance, Hof­fert said, “call­ing upon Amer­i­cans to make an en­dur­ing com­mit­ment to serve their lo­cal com­mu­nity and our na­tion.”

Dur­ing the at­tacks by al-Qaida linked ter­ror­ists who hi­jacked four air­planes on Sept. 11, 2001 and flew two into the World Trade Cen­ter in New York and one into the Pen­tagon. The fourth air­plane, Flight 93, crashed into an open field in Shanksville, Pa., when those on­board stopped the hi­jack­ers from reach­ing their tar­get in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Hof­fert asked the stu­dents and fac­ulty to thank the guests by ap­plaud­ing those in­vited to the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing lo­cal po­lice; Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice; the lo­cal fire com­pa­nies – West Brad­ford, Min­quas and Alert; mil­i­tary per­son­nel, ac­tive or re­tired.

Cub Scout Ian Fabris from Pack 215 called the or­ders for the color guard, con­sist­ing of Brad­ford Heights stu­dents. The honor guard of Girl and Cub Scouts who par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mony, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, in­cluded Fabris as the mater of the cer­e­mony; Sean Rodgers, Pack 215; Henry John­son, Pack 215; Con­nor Ri­ley, Pack 215; Vivieanne Quinn in third grade, in Brownie Troop No. 41382; Josie Provencher in fourth grade, in Ju­nior Troop No. 41080; Abby Moy­ers, who held the Amer­i­can flag, is a fifth-grade stu­dent, in Ju­nior Troop No. 4172.

Fol­low­ing the play­ing of the Na­tional An­them, those in at­ten­dance ob­served a mo­ment of si­lence and then said the Pledge of Al­le­giance. On be­half of the school, Hof­fert thanked sev­eral peo­ple for at­tend­ing, in­clud­ing West Brad­ford Fire Chief Jack Law III among other West Brad­ford Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and Down­ing­town Fire Depart­ment fire­fight­ers; town­ship su­per­vi­sor Jack Hines; Down­ing­town Coun­cil­woman Pa­tri­cia McGlone; Down­ing­town schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Lawrence Mus­so­line; school board mem­bers and district ad­min­is­tra­tors; state Sen. An­drew Din­ni­man, D-19, of West White­land; and U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen.

PHO­TOS BY PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School held a Patriot Day Flag Rais­ing cer­e­mony Mon­day. A stu­dent honor guard of Girl and Boy scouts raised the flag, re­cited the Pledge of Al­liance and held a mo­ment of si­lence.

Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School Boy Scout Ian Fabris salutes dur­ing the flag rais­ing on Mon­day.

Girl Scout Abby Moy­ers,10, of Troop 4172 car­ries the flag dur­ing the Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School Patriot Day Flag Rais­ing cer­e­mony Mon­day, to her right is Josie Provencher, 10.

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