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Local schools honor first responders on Patriot Day

Students across the Wentzville School District participated in Patriot Day celebrations to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor first responders and community service providers. Crossroads Elementary, Discovery Ridge Elementary, Heritage Intermediate, and Wabash Elementary held large-scale events this year, while other schools observed a moment of silence and discussed the historic significance of the events on 9/11.

Crossroads and Wabash elementary students visited stations that included presentations by representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well first responders from the St. Charles County Ambulance District, the Wentzville Fire Protection District, Lake Saint Louis Fire Department, and St. Charles County Police Department. Wabash Elementary also invited first responders to stay for lunch with staff and students. Crossroads has held Patriot Day celebrations every year since the one-year anniversary of 9/11, and their event is intended to keep September 11 from being just another day that students read about in a history textbook.

“Crossroads holds our Patriot Day event each year to recognize and thank our first responders, and to show them how much we care about those who serve our community,” said Principal Damian Fay.

“Patriot Day is a day of reflection, a day of learning, but most importantly, a day that will never be forgotten.”

Discovery Ridge Elementary invited students and their family members who are first responders, along with local first responders, to a breakfast held in their honor. Following the breakfast, the entire student body, staff, and guests gathered at the flagpole to observe a moment of silence and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Patriot Day celebration at Heritage Intermediate also included activities to honor emergency personnel while remembering those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence, students and staff, all dressed in red, white and blue and surrounded by local first responders in uniform, formed the American flag on the school’s parking lot.

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