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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Patriot Day: Remembering September 11

September 11 is a day forever changed in the history of the United States of America.
"On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished when mighty towers collapsed in the heart of New York City and wreckage burned in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. They were family and friends, service members and first responders -- and the tragedy of their loss left pain that will never fade and scars our country will never forget.

More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness." - Presidential Proclamation -- Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2012
Several Mansfield ISD campuses held Patriot Day events to mark the anniversary of September 11.

Willie Brown Elementary prepared a morning tribute to those who lost their lives and the heroes of 9/11. Students prepared patriotic songs to sing and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the school helped with the flag-raising ceremony. Parents and family members who served or are serving in the military, as well as firefighters, police officers and paramedics were all invited to attend and participate in the tribute.
[Brown Elementary Patriot Day 2012 Photo Gallery]

Other campuses encouraged students and staff to wear red, white, and blue and held patroit music, flag-raising ceremonies, or had classroom activities as well as moments of silence and reflection.

D.P. Morris Elementary Pre-K students cerebrate Patriot Day

Video Tribute

Frontier HS senior Savannah Vasquez shot and produced a documentary project in her Video Production class last year as a junior. The project was completed earlier in 2012 during student preparations for SkillsUSA conference. Savannah conducted a phone interview with the widow of a police officer who perished in the World Trade Center collapse during has rescue efforts. She also interviewed Mansfield Police officers for this production. Savannah wanted to do something special for that project and obviously went above and beyond the class 'prompt'.

From the video decription by Savannah Vasquez: "America was moved by the events that took place on September 11, 2001. We all know the story, but many don't know this story. "Chances" is a documentary about a miraculous event that took place among the tragedy."

"Chances": A 9/11 Story from Savannah Vasquez on Vimeo.
Update: Photos from the Willie Brown Elementary Patriot Day morning event were used in the WFAA news' feature, Remembering 911: A Photojournal