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September 11 Remembrance Ceremony

September 11 ceremonies remember those first responders, military members, and civilians who ran toward the falling towers saving countless lives only to lose their own lives. Unionville Elementary’s ceremony, held on Thursday, September 10, was in remembrance of those First Responders, civilians and military members who lost their lives. It was a tribute to our heroes today: our Police & Sheriff Departments; Fire, Rescue & EMS groups; Nurses, Doctors, PAs, Dentists, and many others.  TAPS was played on the trumpet by music teacher, Mr. William Harris, as the American Legion Post 535 members lowered the flags to half-staff. Our student flag patrol members folded the US Flag in memory of the fallen and raised the flag for the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the ceremony. A fifth grade student, Elizabeth G., gave an account of the events that took place on September 11, 2001. Mayor Randy Baucom donated new United States and North Carolina flags to Unionville Elementary, on behalf of the Town of Unionville.

The World Trade Center in New York City was a collection of seven buildings making up the financial district of downtown Manhattan. On September 11, 2001, two planes crashed, on purpose, as an act of terrorism into the Twin Towers, taking the lives of almost 3,000 people. More than 6,000 people were wounded, and many people lost their lives years after the event due to breathing the toxic air from gas, dust, and debris from the attack. A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and a fourth plane was crashed in Pennsylvania as a heroic effort by passengers on board.

Our school would like to express our gratitude to the distinguished guests who attended this ceremony. Thank you to Retired Brigadier General Gary Wilfong and American Legion Post 535 members Dana Lamb and Jim Rowe, Sherriff Eddie Cathey and deputies, SRO Mikey Aytes, Unionville Fire and Rescue members, and Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Jarrod McCraw.

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William Harris, Music Teacher