Students who were not born on Sept. 11, 2001, gathered to honor and remember every victim of the terrorist attacks on that day. They arrived at school before dawn to place 2,977 flags on the front lawn in memory of the people who died in the attacks. Later, in a ceremony during the same hour that the planes hit the Twin Towers and Pentagon, they were joined by faculty and guests that included State Senator Amanda Chase, the guest speaker, local officials, and area veterans.
As members of the next generation, Madison Barnard, president of the Student Government Organization, said they will stand for liberty and justice across our nation. She also pledged, on behalf of her fellow students, to remember forever the victims and ultimate sacrifices of first responders.
The Color Guard of the Nottoway County High School Navy JROTC performed the Presentation of Colors, followed by an opening prayer by Jason Morris, a member of the Academy faculty. Angela Anderson, Director of Athletics and Student Affairs, and Jaime Llewellyn, Music Director, sang the National Anthem.
After a moment of silence to remember the victims, Lower School students in grades PK through 1st grade sang a rendition of the “Pledge of Allegiance,” led by Mrs. Llewellyn. The second through fifth-graders sang “Dreams of You,” a song with the assurance that the survivors and families will carry the memories of those we lost.
Guest speaker, Senator Chase, recalled where she was Sept. 11, 2001. She added that many of the audience also remember with precise detail where they were. Just as everyone was going about their daily routine, she was driving to a doctor’s appointment. Upon arrival, she saw the events unfolding on television and then learned that her doctor’s sister was in the Pentagon and father in the Towers.
In the ensuing years, caught up in the busyness of everyday life, Senator Chase said that we must nevertheless remain aware of the evil in the world. She likened this to the Christian teaching of remaining vigilant in our own lives. Without living in a spirit of fear, we should stand for what is good and right. We must remember that our Hope is in our Savior, Senator Chase said.
The gathering was led in closing prayer by Pastor Dusty Webb, Love Covenant Fellowship.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception hosted by the members of the Student Government Organization.