By Mrs. CANDACE LOCKARD (special to the Crimson Arrow) – Since 2001, Americans have memorialized the events of September 11, 2001 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Across the country Americans are participating in events to remember and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that day, and for all of the men and women who have defended our country in the wake of those events.
For that reason, today Indiana Area Junior High is participating in a Moving Tribute to all of those directly affected by 9/11 and for our first responders, military, and civilians who have continued to protect and serve our country. Today we will keep the American flag moving throughout the day. Students may be asked to take the flag and walk through the hall, treating the flag and this opportunity with the respect and dignity that it deserves.
The flag is a symbol of our unity as a nation and the freedom that represents for all of us. Students are asked to take a moment not only to think about the people who tragically lost their lives that day, but also to think about those people who continue to protect our nation from harm.
Finally, students are asked to please think about their role in making our school, our community, and our nation a place of kindness and hope.
Even though junior high students were not born when these events took place, their lives have been affected by September 11, 2001. Whether it’s going through increased security in an airport, watching a family member or friend serve as a first responder, or seeing soldiers go off to Afghanistan in what is the longest war in U.S. history, we all live in a post-9/11 world.
The idea for the Moving Tribute was formed in 2012 when a soldier came up with the idea. On his own he launched the first “Moving Tribute” by keeping an American flag moving on September 11 from the time the first Tower was struck until sun down. He ran about 50 miles from West Point in New York to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. He did it to remember that day in 2001 and to honor those who were killed and those who’ve been killed in the wars since, as well as all the families affected by that loss.
The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a nation. Today we salute those affected by the events of 9/11 and show our unity as a school by keeping the flag moving.
8th graders Skyler Mogle and Adam Lawrence carry the American flag as part of the Moving Flag tribute.