HOHENFELS, Germany- On a sunny day quite like today, 3,000 people lost their lives during the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Hohenfels elementary school history teacher Michael Young wanted to ensure students had the chance to honor those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom.
"Some of my students that I was teaching that fateful day, now have kids in my class grade," said Young. "We are all touched by the sacrifice of those who lost their lives and by those who keep their memories alive in remembrance ceremonies such as this one today."
Young had recruited volunteers from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to raise and lower the school flag to half-staff during the ceremony. He adds that it is a symbolic act that he teaches about in his history class.
1st Lt. Nate Meyer, parent of fifth grader Andrew, states it is important for our students to learn the history behind Patriot Day.
"Most students here will have parents that are directly involved in the ongoing conflicts of the post 9/11 era," said Meyer. "History is often tragic, but Patriot Day brings our nation together."