Students and staff at Waynesville School District didn't forget 9/11 this year. Projects, ceremonies, and activities marked the day in remembrance.
Freedom Elementary students and staff participated in a Patriot Day Remembrance Walk on Sept. 11.
In recognition of Patriot Day, students at Freedom Elementary participated in a Patriotic Walk with firefighters and first responders from the City of St. Robert. They carried handmade items they created earlier in the day. The City of St. Robert Fire Department displayed a large American Flag from the ladder truck.
The Waynesville Sixth Grade Center held a Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony on Sept. 11, as well. Members of the 795th Military Police Battalion, along with Tim Harrison, sixth grade teacher, raised the flag to the top and then lowered it to half-staff to commemorate the day. Students from the Military Appreciation LEAD team led the ceremony and introduced dignitaries, including the first responders who were present, and the keynote speaker, LTC Richard Cranford of the 795th MP Battalion. Cranford spoke about the number of first responders and civilians lost on Sept. 11 and of the number of volunteers who joined the military following the attacks. Cranford then presented this 6th grader with a coin. The 795th serves as a Partner In Education with the Sixth Grade Center.
LTC Richard Cranford of the 795th MP Battalion, Dr. Brian Henry, police, fire and medical first responders, Hilary Bales and Jamie Goforth are pictured at the Waynesville Sixth Grade Center following the Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony.
In addition to Cranford speaking, the flag was raised to half staff, the National Anthem was played and students applauded first responders.
In recognition of Patriot Day, Waynesville High School freshmen participated in the Pocket Flag Project. The project’s objective is to provide pocket flags for military personnel on the front lines. WHS freshmen folded the flags and left personalized messages on the backs of the slip of paper that accompanies each flag.