Students to learn about Patriot Day

Students and their families across Mecosta and Osceola counties will spend today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, commemorating the victims of the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in Pennsylvania. After a presentation, Big Rapids Middle School sixth-graders in Mark Brejcha’s class will have the opportunity to touch a beam from the World Trade Center, which now stands at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety. (Pioneer file photo)

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Through moments of silence, videos, lessons and more, community members, like many others across the United States, will honor the victims of the largest domestic terror event in United States history.

On Patriot Day last year, members of the Big Rapids Township Fire Department commemorated the day with a display of flags, one for each life lost on Sept. 11, 2001. (Courtesy photo)

Today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, students and families will commemorate the men and women who lost their lives during the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in Pennsylvania.

In classrooms across Mecosta and Osceola counties, students will have a moment of silence, which will be followed with discussions about 9/11, now known as Patriot Day. Sixth-grade students at Big Rapids Middle School also will be led across the street to touch a beam from the World Trade Center, which now stands in front of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety. Across town, at St. Mary Catholic School, there will be a moment of silence after Mass, and lessons about the event will be taught in middle school classes.

At Reed City Middle School, students will see teachers sporting red bandanas and will watch a documentary, “The Man in the Red Bandana,” which tells the story of Welles Crowther, who worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower and spent his final moments helping others escape, according the website maninredbandana.com.

More presentations in remembrance will take place throughout the day.

Students gather around a beam from the World Trade Center to learn more about the 2001 attacks during last year’s Patriot Day. This year, students throughout the area will have a moment of silence in remembrance of the lives lost.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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