BUFFALO — The students, faculty, and staff of Buffalo Elementary School gathered around the school’s flagpole in September to remember 9/11 and pay tribute to the victims of that terrible day and the first responders who came to the rescue of the survivors.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization hijacked four passengers jets, crashing two of them into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. The fourth jet crashed into a field in Stony Creek Township in Pennsylvania when the passengers tried to take control of it back from the hijackers.
The 9/11 attacks killed 2,996 people, including 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement personnel, and injured more than 6,000 other people. The attacks also caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage including the total collapse of the north and south towers of the World Trade Center complex; the total or partial collapse of the other buildings in the complex; significant damage to 10 other adjacent structures; and the partial collapse of the western side of the Pentagon.
It was to honor the victims of that terrible day and the first responders who risked and, in some cases, lost their lives trying to save lives that day, that Buffalo Elementary School held a ceremony of remembrance.
In a statement released Tuesday, Buffalo Elementary School announced that, on Friday, Sept. 15, the school’s “students, faculty, staff, and community members set aside time to remember and honor the first responders, the fallen, and families of the fallen during the 9/11 attack in 2001.”
The press release states that the school “reached out to Sheriff David Taylor and requested that the department attend the program and represent first responders of Union County. Sheriff Taylor sent Investigators Jeff Lawson and Scott Coffer with a Sheriff’s office K-9 Unit vehicle and an Emergency Mobile Command Unit for the studentsto observe and become more educated in how they assist during emergencies.“
It states the program began with the school’s 5th grade students “presenting the flag and leading the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Students then observed a moment of silence and honored those Americans involved and affected by the 9/11 attacks. Mrs. Heather Barnado, Buffalo Elementary School’s music teacher, then led the 5th grade students in two songs ‘American Tears’ and ‘Heart of America.’”
During the program, the students “waved flags they created in class showing respect for our great nation, the victims and first responders.”
The press release states that Lawson “spoke about first responders and what their job is within the community. Students learned about the importance of American and community pride, citizenship, and the risk first responders take each and every day to ensure their safety.’
It states that Lawson “also spoke to the 4th and 5th grade students to educate them about what happened on 9/11 and the importance of this day to our nation.“