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FWISD Observes 9/11 Anniversary with Multiple Ceremonies, Activities

Multiple ceremonies and activities are slated this week at schools across Fort Worth ISD to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

September 11, which is now observed as Patriot Day, remembers the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the deadliest terror attack in United States history.

The FWISD JROTC Department has set up a 9/11 Memorial Display in the Central Administration Building lobby and is inviting staff and facility visitors to jot down their 9/11 reflections and emotions in a journal that’s been placed near the memorial. 

Other events scheduled to commemorate the 9/11 20th anniversary on Friday across the District include:

Arlington Heights High School: A ceremony themed "Amazing Grace" will take place on the school's front lawn at 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 10 



Leadership Academy at Forest Oak: A ceremonial bell will toll, and a moment of silence will be observed for the lives lost 20 years ago.  Class lessons on how 9/11 changed the world are also slated.


Benbrook Middle-High School: Junior Corps Cadets (JCC) and JROTC cadets will walk the school halls in uniform carrying the U.S. flag or a memorial wreath. A special announcement will be made over the campus PA 

as the cadets raise the American flag to half-staff just outside the school. First responders are expected to join the cadets for the 8:25 a.m. ceremony. Fifty flags are also being placed along the middle school’s entrance.


Rosemont Middle School: The JCC will observe a moment of silence, and a historical account of 9/11 will be shared during school announcements.


McLean Middle School:  A U.S. flag will be retired, and a small ceremony is slated to honor the lives lost 20 years ago.  


North Side High School: Earlier today, On Thursday, September 9, a ceremony was held at the campus flagpole.


Western Hills Elementary School: A short video presentation including the posting of the flags at half-staff in front of the school, a reading of the presidential proclamation and a performance of taps is being prepared to be shared during homeroom.


Morningside Middle School: A 9:15 a.m. ceremony is scheduled outdoors, and first responders have been invited to attend.  The event will be shared with most classes via Zoom.


Eastern Hills High School: A ceremony themed “We Will All Remember,” including guest speaker New York fireman Lt. Mike Bassano, is slated for 10:15 a.m. Students intend to create a 9-11 formation, and local firemen are expected to participate.


Trimble Tech High School: An 8:40 a.m.  remembrance ceremony is slated just outside the school Friday. The school’s JROTC will lay a wreath and read the “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” proclamation.


Carter-Riverside High School:  A morning 9/11 ceremony is slated at the school flagpole. Class lessons on 9/11 impacts are also planned.

William James Middle School: A 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony that will include speeches, the posting of colors, the national anthem and the playing of taps is slated for 9 a.m. on the school lawn. The mayor, school board officials, first responders and military veterans have been invited to attend.


Phalen Leadership Academy at J. Martin Jacquet Middle School: A 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony including pledges, a historical timeline, a reading of President George W. Bush’s address to the nation 20 years ago, a raising of the flags, a poem, and additional remarks are scheduled for 8:25 a.m. at the school flagpole.


Meacham Middle School: The JCC will present a special reading during school announcements in remembrance of the lives lost on September 11.


Riverside Middle School: A ceremony themed “Remembering 9-11” is slated for Friday afternoon. First responders have been invited to participate.


Paschal High School: Cadets of the JROTC Panther Battalion will lay a wreath at the school flagpole and raise and lower the flags to half-staff at 8:10 a.m. 


By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the U.S. Congress designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." By Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress requested the observance of 9/11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

By proclamation of President Joseph R. Biden, issued earlier this week, the nation will observe National Days of Prayer and Remembrance September 10-12, 2021. 

“During the National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we honor those who lost their lives on September 11 — lives that will never be forgotten.  We also commemorate the humanity and selfless sacrifice of the first responders, service members, and ordinary citizens who banded together to rescue survivors and build a community of support around those who suffered unimaginable loss,” the president’s proclamation reads.  “Even as we continue to recover from this tragedy, we know for certain that there is nothing that America cannot overcome.  Through sorrow, with God’s help, we find strength.  Through remembrance, in God’s mercy, we find healing.  We move forward with resolve, forever cherishing the memories of the souls who perished that day.”   


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