FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Patrick Wallace
September 11, 2013 (314) 345-2227
Students Commemorate 9-11 Anniversary at Beaumont High
Attendees included active and reserve U.S. military personnel and first responders
On the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Beaumont High and Multiple Pathways @ Beaumont Army JROTC students remembered and celebrated those who lost their lives, and paid tribute to first responders.
The event was produced by the Beaumont Career and Technical Education (CTE) High School Army and included music, videos, a rifle demonstration, a flag ceremony, and speeches by St. Louis City Fire Department Captain Mike Killingsworth, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Captain Mary Edwards-Fears, and Beaumont Principal Terrell Henderson.
Captain Killingsworth and Captain Edwards-Fears both highlighted the bravery of first responders in their speeches. They also informed students and other attendees about changes that have taken place in the country’s security measures over the past 12 years
Principal Henderson was personally affected by the 9-11 attacks. One of his cousins worked in the Second Tower and lost her life. He recalled struggling with grief as life seemed to continue as normal in St. Louis—nearly 1,000 miles away from the remains of the Twin Towers. He encouraged his students to practice safety and always be sensitive to others.
More than 20 representatives from local fire, police, and military attended the ceremony and were recognized with plaques and a standing ovation by students, staff, and community members.
The ceremony concluded outdoors in front of the school, where some 3,000 flags were on display on the lawn in remembrance of each victim of the attack. The flag was lowered to half-staff, and a wreath was posted at the base.###