Today, I had the opportunity of watching a flag tradition at my daughters school. They retire their flag from the previous year and replace it with a new one. I’m grateful her principal, staff and PTA have continued this tradition for 6 years now. Honoring those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and teaching the many children of that sorrowful day that many of us remember and still hold tender in our hearts. Our principal taught these children about the strangers that rushed through darkness to selflessly serve those in danger. He taught them how we can honor those we lost by building a nation and live up to those heroes. He invited all Americans to come together to serve, remember and unite in the same extraordinary way we did following the attacks. Even though many students weren’t even alive during the tragedies of 9/11, we can teach our children of the legacy it holds and I’m grateful for this invitation to remind me to do so.
It was a remarkable echo as I listened to this large group of children pledge allegiance to the flag and silently, respectfully place their hands over their hearts watch members of the Honor Guard change out last years flag to a new flag. And then to come together to sing the National Anthem. Very touching. Very moving.
My thoughts are with many families as well that are without their loved ones. I am in complete gratitude for all those noble people that are now the legacy of heroism.
Enjoy your day today, honoring Patriot Day.