See photos and a video from the Patriots Day ceremony led by the Middletown High School Air Force Jr. ROTC today in remembrance of those who died in the terrorist attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001.
The Middletown High School Air Force Jr. ROTC organized a Patriots Day ceremony this morning at the flag poles outside the school in remembrance of those who died in the terrorist attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony was also a time to remember all those who serve in the military to defend Americans' freedom and to remember the first responders including police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who rushed to help that day.
Air Force Jr. ROTC Corps Commander Cadet Lt. Col. Abigail Griffith led the program, assisted by Support Squadron Commander Nyles Wiggins.
Griffith described what happened Sept. 11, 2001 as planes were hijacked and crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and into the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., along with the hijacked plane that passengers helped divert away from Washington, D.C. to crash in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
She also described the bravery and sacrifice of those who responded to help, and the first vigil held in Delaware after the tragedy, organized by the Middletown American Legion, VFW, and the Air Force Jr. ROTC on Sept. 29, 2001.
At this morning's ceremony, the Air Force Jr. ROTC color guard raised the American flag and the Freedom flag then lowered them to half-staff.
Megan Williams from the Middletown High School Band played taps, and then a recording of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA (I'm Proud to Be an American)" was played.