By Cpl. Jessica Hampton, 15th Sustainment Brigade PAOSeptember 30, 2009
FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers of the 15th Special Troops Battalion's rear detachment flag team, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) joined students, family members and faculty at Clarke Elementary School to observe Patriot Day and honor our nations heroes whom died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 during a ceremony held in the school's cafeteria September 11.
Since that day in 2001, every year on September 11, Soldiers of the 15th SB
have teamed up with the faculty at the elementary school to celebrate the
memory of those whom died with posting of the flag at half-staff, speeches from
leaders of the 15th SB, and a poem written by Floyd Gage, the school's music
Following the singing of the National Anthem and reciting the Pledge of
Allegiance and the pledge to the Texas flag, Frances Henshoher, the school's
counselor, explained to the audience, "Today we want to remember the heroes
that died for our freedom."
Capt. Deveilla Lambert, 15th STB rear detachment commander, gave a speech about the significance of Patriot Day and how after all these years, the attacks still affect our country today.
"September 11, 2001 is a day to remember heroes who died of a senseless act
and to honor their memory," Lambert said.
"We can take that meant to destroy and use it to reach every man, woman, girl
and boy." Gage recited from his poem "A Day to Remember".
After the ceremony, the Soldiers were invited to join Wendy Castillo's first grade
class for a question and answer session about war, guns, trucks and zombies
then spent time with the students in physical exercise class.
We [15th STB] are honored to conduct flag drills and privileged to pay tribute to
all the people that lost their lives that day, Sgt. 1st Class Earnest Grant, the non-
commissioned officer in charge of the flag team, said of the invitation to
participate in the day's events.
"Soldiers, civilians, and "great Americans" are the reason I call our country the best.
"God bless America," Grant added.