2018-09-12 / Front Page

Schools mark Patriot Day with programs


Students and staff formed a circle beside the flag in the lawn of St. Paul Lutheran School on Tuesday to pay tribute to the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks 17 years ago. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Students and staff formed a circle beside the flag in the lawn of St. Paul Lutheran School on Tuesday to pay tribute to the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks 17 years ago. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — Students and staff at St. Paul Lutheran School in Lapeer began their day somberly on Patriot Day on Tuesday, in honor of the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The 56 students, all too young to remember the day firsthand, headed into the dewy grass for a prayer session led by head pastor John Kaiser early Tuesday morning as well as a Pledge of Allegiance directed toward the American flag flying at half-mast.

Turrill Elementary School students and staff in Lapeer also held a ceremony Tuesday afternoon with the Nipissing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the flagpole outside the school.

Gov. Rick Snyder ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff yesterday in recognition of nearly 3,000 lives taken during the 9/11 attacks, as well as the first responders who sacrificed their lives to come to the aid of those who need.

— Nicholas Pugliese

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