Students, officials commemorate Sept. 11
Downingtown area students learn about honoring military service members and first responders
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.
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.