Honoring and Remembering First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
While it is hard to fathom that it has been twenty years since that fateful day on September 11, 2001, when the United States suffered its largest loss of life (2,973 innocent individuals) on its soil as a result of hostile terrorist attack in its history.
Today, the entire Saint Joseph Academy community came together to remember all those who tragically lost their lives that day, as well as honor and respect police, firefighters, doctors, nurses and paramedics who provide aid in times of peril.
Through small group discussions in classrooms, students defined heroes and how as a community we can honor and recognize first responders. Students then attended a prayer service, led entirely by Student Council, on the Academy's Rawlings Field. The service included a recording of The Academy Chorale singing "The Star Spangled Banner." Thoughts from academic administration were shared as well. Principal Mr. Jeff Sutliff stated "we must always remember the spirit of sacrifice those who run toward danger to keep us safe that day and everyday" and Assistant Principal of Student Success Mrs. Adriane Hicks encouraged students to "keep a spirit of unity and look out for your dear neighbor, wherever that may be."
God of Peace, you are light and hope even in times of darkness. We place our trust in you as our strength and our salvation.
On this twentieth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we remember those whose lives were lost that day, and we lift up the sacrifices and service of all who have worked to bring peace and healing to our world in the time that has followed.
May we always strive to be agents of your love and peace for our neighborhoods, our nation and our world. Amen.