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PATRIOT’S DAY CEREMONY AT PRICE MIDDLE SCHOOL

 Price Middle School students, staff and the Station 9 firefighters gathered around the United States flag in a peace circle to pay tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001 and their families as well as to honor the heroes of that day.  The ceremony was led by Price Leadership students.  During the ceremony there was a moment of silence out of respect for this day in our nation’s history. One student shared a quote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes).  As the years pass and this day becomes more distant in our history, we ask ourselves, “How do we honor the lives of the passengers, the flight crews, the office workers, and the first responders who perished on this tragic day? What will you do?” The answer to these questions is dependent on you.  It could be as simple as stopping to take the time to appreciate the freedoms that we as Americans are fortunate to have in this country. Or, it may be to take part in a community service project to give back to others and contribute to a more positive world. Or, perhaps you remember this day by teaching others about it, by promoting tolerance, and by pledging to contribute to global peace. We stand in a circle side-by-side to represent our unity---as a school, as a community, as a country. We stand for empathy for others. We stand for equality and respect. We stand for acceptance and tolerance. Our circle is unbroken to represent our strength as a united group in our efforts to promote peace.