On the 19th Anniversary of the Attacks on September 11, the Capodanno Civics Class held a ceremony of remembrance of the victims and gratitude to First Responders and Military Veterans.
The Capodanno Civics Class has spent the past year studying American History and understanding the events that made America into what it is today and on the anniversary of 9/11 they planned and put on a ceremony honoring the victims of 9/11 and those who have laid down their lives for freedom. The ceremony featured multiple students speaking on how 9/11 and the Global War on Terror has effected their lives and their families. Sophomore, Leyna Alvarado said, “A generation has now grown up knowing what it’s like to give up a bit of freedom in exchange for security.”
Isabelle Klotz, a sophomore and daughter of two veterans remembered the day she learned her father’s base in Iraq had been attacked, “I was born in 2005, so I don’t remember 9/11. I wasn’t alive,” she said. “I do remember my dad leaving us twice to go to Iraq and Afghanistan. I remember leaving him at the airport. I remember every second of those days. I remember the day we learned that his base had been bombed and we didn’t know if he was okay. 9/11, thankfully, didn’t take anything from me. But it almost took everything from me.”
The ceremony culminated in the raising of the flag to half mast on the flag pole given to the school from Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler. MSG. Wheeler was the first U.S. casualty in the fight against ISIS and members of his team were invited from Fort Bragg to speak about 9/11, courage, and our responsibility to live in the extraordinary legacy of MSG. Wheeler, Father Capodanno, and everyone who has laid down their lives for the sake of freedom and liberty.
It was a powerful ceremony on a solemn day and FVCHS students did an amazing job!