This month marks 20 years since nearly 3,000 of our fellow Americans lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. In honor of that day, the nation recognizes 9/11 as a Day of Service and Remembrance. In the Kyrene School District, many schools planned Patriot Day ceremonies to show their appreciation for the men and women of the military and for all the first responders who keep our communities, neighborhoods, and schools safe.
On Friday, September 10th, the parking lot of Kyrene de los Lagos Dual Language Academy in Ahwatukee transformed into a sea of red, white, and blue. Students and staff surrounded the school flagpole early in the morning for a special flag-raising ceremony. Students greeted guests with a sweet performance of You’re A Grand Old Flag. Guests of honor included members of the military, police officers, firefighters, and veterans.
Kyrene Traditional Academy (KTA) in Chandler also held a touching tribute the morning of Patriot Day. Students and staff dressed in KTA spirit shirts filled the school courtyard to honor and remember the events of 9/11. JROTC students from neighboring Marcos de Niza High School presented the Colors and led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance, which added to the patriotic feel of the morning. The ceremony also included an 8th-grade student speaker who has attended KTA since kindergarten and a sergeant from the Chandler Police Department.
During his speech, the police officer, who attended KTA in 1988 when the school was Kyrene del Sureno, shared with students a message about forgiveness and hope. “Not everyone is bad,” said Sgt. McClimons to KTA students. “Everyone makes mistakes. We must learn from our mistakes and learn to practice forgiveness and kindness.”
The KTA Wind Ensemble performed America the Beautiful to close the Patriot Day ceremony. This performance was the first time in nearly a year that the students played their instruments in public. Thank you to all our Kyrene staff and community partners who took the time to support our students and schools at these meaningful Patriot Day ceremonies.