Sept. 11 was honored and remembered across the globe, and the students and staff of Holy Family School were no exception.
Jeffrey Guardado rang the bells representing the brave Americans who lost their lives in 2001. The students, not even born when that fateful day happened in our country, filed into the gymnasium-chapel in silence and sat down. Teachers had been explaining the events of 9/11 and showing age-appropriate documentaries of this horrific day that left America forever changed. Sixth-grade homeroom teacher Mary Marti gave her students American flags to wear on their shirts.
The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Holy Family (along with their leader, Cindy Meredith) prepared the service for the school. Ian Chenault introduced the Honor Guard flag presentation with the entire audience standing at attention. Everyone recited the pledge of allegiance and sang “America the Beautiful,” accompanied by music teacher Judy Barnum. Boy Scouts Mathew Paschedag, Matthew Wilson and Ahran Cavanaugh did selected readings of the day from the Bible.
Margaret Holland Pennell, principal of Holy Family, said a few words to the students and staff before introducing Matt Rice, district director for U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois’ 12th District.
“Congressman Bost would have liked to be there himself, but at this very moment was on a plane from D.C.,” Rice said.
He gave a brief talk about 9/11 and how it affected the nation. He emphasized how important it is to have these ceremonies to remember and never forget the brave Americans who lost their lives that day.
“We must never take our freedom for granted,” he said.
Rice presented the school with an American flag that had been flown over the capital — a much-needed gift for the school.
“God Bless America” was sung at the closing. Jeffrey Guardado once again rang the bell and the audience filed back to their classrooms. The day of recollection and the service no doubt left a lasting impression on students.