The young students say they want to honor the brave men and women who serve our country and pay their respects to those lost their lives five years ago. The event showed a very patriotic side of America's youth.
Everitt Middle School hosted its 4th Annual 9/11 Observance, a ceremony students are happy to be a part of.
Justin Ramie with Rutherford H.S. ROTC said, “I'm proud to do this event, and I'm proud to be an American."
Kyle Pay with ROTC added, "Today means a lot to our unit because it shows patriotism for all Americans and everything that happened, and how strong America can really be."
The Rutherford High School Junior ROTC raised the American flag at half mast while the Everitt Middle School band played the Star Spangled Banner.
Students listened to an inspiring speech by Chief Master Sergeant Paul Airey, a retired Air Force veteran. He reminded students to always be aware of their surroundings, and told them education is the key to ending terrorism.
His speech left one current member of our armed services hopeful.
Christopher Roberts of the Army National Guard said, "My hope is to finally end this, not just for our country, but for everyone in the world to live peacefully, and I hope something like this will never happen again."
Everitt's new school uniform policy couldn't have been more fitting Monday. Every student was dressed in red, white and blue.