Whitemarsh Elementary School students marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by reflecting on the sacrifices made by police, firefighters, and other first responders on that day, and thinking about what they might do to serve their community as a tribute to these heroes.

A virtual ceremony was held the morning of Sept. 10 and was led by music teacher Kristy Langis. During the ceremony, students observed a moment of silence, sang the National Anthem and other patriotic songs, and were asked to consider how they might serve others. The video also included some student interviews. First-graders were asked to share their thoughts on the definition of the word “hero.” 

“I think a hero is someone who helps people and is brave,” said Annabelle Remaker.

Second-graders had the opportunity to identify what makes their country special.

“I think America is great because it’s a free country and we can be anyone who we want to be,” said Molly Segal. 

Third-graders shared what makes them proud to be American.

“I’m proud to be an American because we help people in need,” said John Rentch.

Ms. Langis organizes the Sept. 11th ceremony each year because she thinks it is important to come together as a community to honor local heroes and thank them for their service.

“Although many of our young students do not fully understand the meaning of this day, I want them to know that the first responders were a part of that day and are always here for us,” she said.

Click here to watch the Whitemarsh ceremony. 

Colonial School District extends a heartfelt thanks on this 20th anniversary of 9/11 to all those who serve our community and country as law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other types of first responders.