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Marshdale Elementary’s annual Patriots Day assembly on Sept. 9 was a mixture of somber and cheer as students and staff honored those who served their country and first responders.
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Marshdale Elementary’s annual Patriots Day assembly on Sept. 9 was a mixture of somber and cheer as students and staff honored those who serve their country and first responders.
About 20 first responders and veterans attended, so they could be honored for their sacrifice to their community and to the country. Nearly every branch of the military was recognized along with representatives from Evergreen, Elk Creek and Inter-Canyon fire departments.
“You weren’t alive in 2001 when something tragic happened in our country,” principal Zak Martin told the students at the outdoor assembly. “We give respect and pay honor to those who lost their lives and to those who provide safety and security.”
Martin noted that the community has many people who work as first responders and who served in the military, and he asked students to show their respect and thank them for their service.
The guests, some arriving in fire trucks and ambulances, were welcomed with breakfast. Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts presented the colors and raised both the American and Colorado flags, followed by an all-school Pledge of Allegiance.
After introductions, the group took a moment of silence to remember the events of 9/11. The silence was broken by two helicopters, flown by Marshdale parents Jared Winters and John Bernhart, who circled over the school three times. Those on the ground waved enthusiastically to the pilots.
The group that sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” was well aware of the meaning and importance of Patriots Day and honoring military and first responders.
Fifth grader Stella Stroop explained that Patriots Day was important because it gave the school a chance to honor veterans and soldiers who went into battle, so Americans could have their freedom.
Fifth-grader Maci Chandler noted that they risked their lives to serve the country.
Fifth grader Charly Ogdon thanked police officers and firefighters for keeping people safe.
“I think that’s pretty cool," she added.
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