JCS Students Remember 9/11

JCS Students participate in 9-11 Ceremony
Posted on 09/11/2018
RANSON, W.Va. – It was a moving experience for students from Jefferson County Schools Tuesday as they took part in the 16th Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at The Independent Fire Company fire station in Ranson, W.Va.
The Jefferson Cougar Air Force Junior ROTC cadets presented the colors to begin the ceremony as the Washington High School Chamber Choir sang the National Anthem. In the audience, civics students from Washington High School stood in reverence to the flag.
Independent Fire Company Chaplain Henry Christie, who helps organize the event each year, said having the students participate is important.
“They add such a touch to this that we couldn’t do on our own,” Christie said of both the show choir and cadets. While this is not the first time students have participated, it is the first year a civics class has come to attend. Christie said it is a good opportunity for them to learn about the historic day.
The keynote speaker, U.S. Air Force SSgt. Gregory Fechner, worked at the Pentagon 17 years ago when the attacks occurred. He brought some in the crowd to tears as he recounted his heroic actions that day when he and others rushed into the damaged building to help rescue survivors.
“If you weren’t moved by what he had to say, pulling people out of the burning rubble, you don’t have a heart,” Christie said. “You had to be moved a little bit by what he said and hopefully it’ll sink in and these kids will remember this.”
Many schools throughout the county observed a moment of silence this morning, and plan to include announcements throughout the week that help students understand the sacrifice that has been made for our country's freedom. 

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