September 16, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
One year later – GPISD remembers
September 11th attack
It was a day like no other – September
11, 2002 – a day to honor the first anniversary of the attack on
America. To mark the somber occasion, students from North Shore Senior
High School, North Shore Middle, Havard Elementary, parents, administrators
and community members packed the district athletic stadium for a year
of remembrance ceremony. A sea of red, white and blue covered the stands.
American flags waved in the morning breeze as patriotic music set the
tone for the remembrance ceremony.
As the audience fell silent, the North Shore
High School JROTC raised the American flag, which was followed by the
Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem.
“Our flag and anthem stand for freedom
and that’s why we’re here today,”
Genevieve Espree, North Shore Senior High, senior, said.
Espree performed a patriotic reading from
the poem The Lady, which gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty as she
stood on Ellis Island witnessing the attack.
A slide show flashed images of the attacks
on the large stadium video screen. North Shore Middle School students
also produced a video for the ceremony. The innocent voices of children
from Havard Elementary narrated the video, which brought tears to the
eyes of many.
“We’re showing pride in our
country by remembering all of those who died on this day last year,”
Walter Sosa, Galena Park High, junior, said. “Everyone is remembering
how great this country is.”
As the audience sang God Bless America, students unfurled a large American
flag for everyone to see. Two bugle players performed Taps and members
of the Cloverleaf volunteer fire department lowered the American flag
to half-staff, which concluded the remembrance ceremony.
Espree said the ceremony symbolizes unity. “We’ve come together
as a nation. We don’t take as many things for granted as we did
before the attacks.”
Although the devastating events of last year changed the outlook of our
great nation, students in GPISD are hopeful and looking forward to the
“We’ve changed drastically,” Sosa said. “We’re
united and we’re working together. We live in a free nation with
many opportunities. That’s what it means to be an American.”