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Local schools observe Patriot Day with presentations, activities, and ‘solemn contemplation’

Patriot Day WSD

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, 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 students visited stations that included presentations by representatives of the Army and Homeland Security, as well first responders from the St. Charles County Ambulance District, the Wentzville Fire Protection District, and O’Fallon Police Department. Crossroads has held Patriot Day celebrations every year since the one-year anniversary of 9/11, and their event is intended to keep September 11th from being just another day that students read about in a history textbook. “Our students were not even born on 9/11. Our Patriot Day program serves as a day to recognize, work with, and learn from everyday heroes – people who make it their life’s work to serve their community, their country, and keep us safe,” 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.”

Wabash Elementary held an assembly and students visited stations that included presentations by members of the Wentzville Fire Protection District, Wentzville Police Department, the St. Charles County SWAT Team and Air Wing support, and the U.S. Armed Forces. They also invited the first responders to stay for lunch with staff and students.

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 dressed in red, white and blue, surrounded by local first responders in uniform, formed the word “USA” on the school’s parking lot. “We participate in this event in recognition and solemn contemplation of the sacrifices undertaken by emergency personnel in performance of their duties. We also remember the tragic events that occurred 17 years ago on September 11, 2001,” shared Heritage Intermediate Principal Dr. Todd Kraft. “We should strive to develop and demonstrate the type of character that the men and women who are our honored guests this morning display every day.”

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