Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in Pa­triot’s Day cer­e­mony

The Phoenix - - COMMUNITY - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on ti­wt­ter

Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a flag rais­ing cer­e­mony on Tues­day to re­mem­ber the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks 17 years ago.

“We gather this morn­ing, on Pa­tri­ots Day, to re­mem­ber the count­less mil­i­tary ser­vice­men and women and first re­spon­ders who have ded­i­cated their lives in ser­vice to our na­tion,” Brad­ford Heights Prin­ci­pal An­drew Hof­fert said.

Hof­fert in­formed the stu­dents that in 2009, then Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy

Serve Amer­ica Act which rec­og­nizes Sept. 11 as a Na­tional Day of Ser­vice and Re­mem­brance, calling upon Amer­i­cans to make an en­dur­ing com­mit­ment to serve their lo­cal com­mu­nity and their na­tion.

He told the first through fifth-grade stu­dents that as a sign of re­spect, all U.S. flags are or­dered to be flown at half-staff that day. The Brad­ford Heights flag cer­e­mony is typ­i­cally held out­doors with stu­dents sur­round­ing the flag pole, but it was moved in­doors be­cause of the rain. Girl Scout Avery Fuhr, who called the or­ders for the color guard, car­ried a flag along with Cub Scout Leo Boehnke.

Brad­ford Heights stu­dents, who are mem­bers of the lo­cal Cub Scout Packs and Girl Scouts, par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mony. Fuhr, a fifth­grade stu­dent, and Boehnke, a fourth-grade stu­dent, were as­sisted by: third-grade stu­dents Jude Rohner and Avery Tausch; and fourth-grade stu­dent Do­minic Gil­liotti.

Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Amer­i­can flag and the play­ing of the Na­tional Anthem, the stu­dents ob­served a mo­ment of si­lence be­fore stat­ing the pledge of al­le­giance.

Lionville Mid­dle School stu­dents, also of the Downingtown Area School Dis­trict, ob­served a mo­ment of si­lence at 8:46 a.m. Tues­day to re­mem­ber the 2,996 in­no­cent vic­tims lost on Sept. 11, 2001. That marked the ex­act time that the first hi­jacked plane crashed into the North Tower.

Amer­i­cans watched live TV news broad­casts in 2001 as air­planes hi­jacked by al-Qaeda crashed into the World Trade Cen­ter in New York City and the Pen­tagon in Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia. The pas­sen­gers aboard Flight 93 pre­vented the ter­ror­ists from hit­ting their tar­get and that plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Penn­syl­va­nia. It was the dead­li­est for­eign at­tack on U.S. soil.

Lionville Prin­ci­pal Jonathan Ross noted that the stu­dents and staff pause each year on this date at that time to honor the mem­ory of those who died. Ross asked that the “fu­ture gen­er­a­tions never for­get the im­por­tance of this day.”

Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Pa­tri­ots Day cer­e­mony at their West Brad­ford Town­ship school on Tues­day to honor those who died in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks 17 years ago.

Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Pa­tri­ots Day cer­e­mony at their West Brad­ford Town­ship school on Tues­day to honor those who died in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks 17 years ago.

Girl Scout Avery Fuhr, a Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School stu­dent, calls the or­ders for the color guard dur­ing the Pa­tri­ots Day cer­e­mony on Tues­day.

Brad­ford Heights Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal An­drew Hof­fert, West Brad­ford Fire Chief Jaw Law and West Brad­ford fire­fighter Jim Kelch pose to­gether dur­ing the Pa­tri­ots Day cer­e­mony to honor those who died in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks 17 years ago.

Brad­fordHeights Ele­men­tary School stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Pa­tri­ots Day cer­e­mony at their West Brad­ford Town­ship school on Tues­day to honor those who died in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks 17 years ago.

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