Patriot Day ceremonies took place at several Rockwood schools on the anniversary of 9/11.
On the track outside Lafayette High School, Principal Dr. Karen Calcaterra read a proclamation: "Those whom we lost on Sept. 11, 2001, will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts and in the history of our nation. As we mark the 17th anniversary of that tragic day, we remember their sacrifice and we commit ourselves to honoring their memories by pursuing peace and justice in the world and security at home. During Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, more than 7,350 United States service members have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Five of those service members belonged to the Rockwood School District family - Peter Navarro and Paul Varner, Lafayette; Riley Baker, Eureka; Zak Fisher, Marquette; and Edward Forrest, Jr., Rockwood Summit."
At Eureka High, the day included a series of gestures. An American flag overlooks the front doors of the commons, and the school was decorated with smaller flags. Students displayed banners paying tribute to those who died on 9/11. The banners also pay tribute to the service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, since then.
Eureka High students wore patriotic wristbands in commemoration of the day. A tribute was read aloud during announcements, after the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our youngest learners at Rockwood Early Childhood wore red, white and blue. Executive Director of Rockwood Early Childhood Dr. Jane Brown said, "One of the foundational things we do in our preschool is we talk about taking care of ourselves and each other. We take care of our school, and we take care of our world. So, they begin to have an understanding of living in a place that is bigger than just your home. Wearing red, white and blue is the first step in learning that process."
Students at Crestview Middle took part in a "Tribute Workout" during physical education classes. Some of the workouts included pushups, situps and lunges.
Lafayette Air Force Junior ROTC students A Rockwood Early Childhood student
participated in Patriot Day ceremonies. wore red, white and blue for Patriot Day.