In honor of 9-11, the front yard of the school was ringed with small flags. As the day began, the K-6 students, teachers, staff, and principal, all gathered around the flagpole on the front lawn of our school. We were joined by parents and special guests to continue a tradition begun on the first anniversary of 9-11. An honor guard from the high school ROTC presented the colors. All sang the national anthem and pledged allegiance to the flag. The third graders, decked out in shiny red, white, and blue hats, sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Our principal presented framed poems to our honored guests from the local police department and fire station. The fifth graders performed “God Bless America.” The principal gave some closing remarks, acknowledging that our oldest students were too young on that day eleven years ago to have their own memories of the event, but it is important for all of us to honor those who were heroes that day. Many times we forget the police and firefighters who serve our community until we need them, but they serve every day. They will be there when we need them, and they were there on that day. We will remember and honor them. After a round of applause for our hometown heroes, the fourth grade closed the program with the song “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” The police officers and firefighters formed a line, and as the students filed back into the school, they shook hands with them. Proud parents stood watching, and some were moved to tears by the tribute. My own heart was stirred with pride, memories, and patriotism.