Last wednesday, AFJROTC held their annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony. The leaders and students gathered in the mall area to bring awareness and honor all who lost their lives on the terrorist attacks that took place 18 years ago.
“I like to represent in this ceremony, because I like to honor those who lost their lives; the first responders, and the civilians. I think it’s a good way to thank them because they charge into danger head first every day,” Noah Parson (10), a student in AFJROTC, said.
AFJROTC is one of the few groups that commemorate the event regularly, which is why many students and leaders feel honored to be a part of the memorial. The ceremony gives them a chance to show their patriotism and pride.
“I feel honored because I know how hard it is for people to understand the depth of what happened, but I know that I’m ready to take on a challenge like that,” Jordan Barker (11) said. “And I’m prepared to be ready for anything to happen.”
Although many students may be too young to remember the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, many AFJROTC members and other students on campus feel a close and personal connection to the attacks. Whether they lost a family member, a close friend of a family member, or even just a friend of a friend.
“Personally, my dad was in the military at the time. And he had some, I guess you could say, close friends in New York, so that affected him which affected me in a way. So, whenever 9/11 comes around it’s kind of a big day for me.”
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