Students Honor First Responders, Remember Lives Lost on September 11

Patriots Day at Heritage Elementary

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 members of the Army and Navy, as well first responders from St. Charles County Ambulance District, Wentzville Firefighters, Lake Saint Louis Water Rescue, and the St. Charles County 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 and learn from everyday heroes – people who make it their life’s work to serve their community and their country, and keep us safe,” said Crossroads Principal Damian Fay. “It is such a prideful event for us as Crossroads Elementary, because we show our first responders the love and support they deserve.”

Wabash Elementary held an assembly and students visited stations that included presentations by members of the Wentzville Fire Department, Wentzville Police Department Traffic and K-9 Units, the St. Charles County Ambulance District, and U.S. Armed Forces.

Helicopter at Crossroads Elementary

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 numbers 911 on the school’s parking lot.

“We want our students to understand that firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and emergency responders showed incredible courage in risking and giving their own lives to save others on 9/11,” shared Heritage Intermediate Principal Dr. Todd Kraft. “We also want our students to develop and demonstrate the type of character the men and women who were our honored guests this morning display each and every day.”