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FHHS Remembers 9/11

NJROTC Color Guard presents colors before the singing of the national anthem during Forst Hills' Red, White, and Blue Day, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

The students at Forest Hills High School are too young to really remember the events of September 11, 2001, but as a school, they observed the 14th anniversary of the tragic event by paying tribute to those who lost their lives that day and by exhibiting their patriotism and love for their country.

Announcements all week reminded students that Friday, September 11, 2015 would be “Red, White, and Blue Day” at Forest Hills. They were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue as a show of their solidarity and American pride. Each student received a small American flag distributed by the Forest Hills Navy JROTC. Each homeroom teacher showed a video recounting the events of September 11, 2001. After the video, teachers held brief discussions, some sharing their own memories of that day or answering students’ questions. Students then walked with their homerooms to the gym for a brief commemorative ceremony. The halls were completely quiet as students moved solemnly and respectfully, flags in hand. Students entered the gym, quickly and quietly climbed the bleachers, and turned their attention to principal, Dr. Kevin Plue.

Dr. Plue addressed the students, telling them how blessed he personally feels to be an American. Speaking about the United States, he told them, “I believe wholeheartedly that it’s the greatest country on earth. …9/11/2001 was nothing short of an attempt to change that, to change the United States of America.” He reminded students that they should appreciate the opportunities and freedoms they have because they live in the United States. Plue explained that while we all gathered in remembrance of very sad events, “we celebrate that we came through such a rough time in our country, and we’re on the other side, and we’re still the greatest country in the world.”

The Navy JROTC presented the flag, and the FHHS Chorus sang our national anthem a cappella. The band then played it, inviting the entire audience to sing along. Finally, America the Beautiful rang out over the loud speakers as students and teachers waved their flags. The moving ceremony ended with Dr. Plue praising the students for their behavior and reminding them that he feels blessed to be the principal at Forest Hills.

Written by: Melissa Howell - Media Specialist
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 by Melissa Howell

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