Wednesday, Sept. 11, was a day set aside by our nation as Patriot Day to honor those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.
Ten minutes before the start of the school day at Union Hill, Principal Joe Limov gathered Union Hill’s staff and entire student body for a flag-raising ceremony at the Union Hill flag pole to show respect for all such patriots. Union Hill staff presented a basket filled with goodies, snacks and home-baked goods to the Ophir Hill Fire Station in appreciation for its service to the community. While the Bearcat Band played “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Boy Scout Logan Schwartz, with the help of Bryan Wheeler and Cat Parkhouse of Ophir Hill Fire Department, raised the flag to half-staff. Susan Barry led the entire student body in a heartfelt Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by a short patriotic story read by fifth-grade teacher and athletic director Mr. Chrys Dudek.
The ceremony was concluded with the ringing of the original school bell by district secretary Debbie Valladao as the sea of students dressed in red, white and blue were dismissed to their classes.