The loud roar of three helicopters overhead excited the crowd and was a perfect finale to Marshdale Elementary's Patriot Day Recognition Ceremony. On Sept. 10, about 30 local veterans and first …
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The loud roar of three helicopters overhead excited the crowd and was a perfect finale to Marshdale Elementary's Patriot Day Recognition Ceremony.
On Sept. 10, about 30 local veterans and first responders from Evergreen, Elk Creek and Inter-Canyon fire departments and the Jeffco Sheriff's Office joined the elementary school in its annual ceremony honoring 9/11.
The guests, who arrived in fire trucks and ambulances, were welcomed with breakfast, and the ceremony was quickly underway. The Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts proudly presented the colors and raised the flag, followed by an all-school pledge of allegiance.
Conifer High School student Stella Martin, a Marshdale alum, sang the national anthem.
Principal Zak Martin greeted first responders and students alike and was in high spirits about the celebration. He said the area was “such a great family and community of first responders.”
The first responders and veterans introduced themselves, and many were parents of students and Marshdale Elementary alumni themselves.
Jacob Ware, Elk Creek fire chief and a Marshdale parent, said the event was key for kids to be part of, and it was important to “get together to remember those who are no longer with us.”
Martin told students assembled in the parking lot that 20 years ago a tragic event happened in the country, and the nation was hurt.
“We recognize and understand the value of first responders,” he explained, which is why the school honors first responders each year.
After the introductions, the group took a moment of silence to remember the events of 9/11. The silence was broken by three Flight for Life helicopters, flown by Marshdale Elementary parents Curtis Wanberg, John Bernhart and Jared Winters, who circled over the school three times.
Student Aspen Winters is very familiar with helicopters because her dad was one of the pilots.
“I thought it was cool my dad was taking the time to do it,” Aspen said.
She thought the view from the ground was unique because she is usually inside the helicopter with her dad.
The flyover was a hit with the other students as well, provoking many gasps and shouts.
Student Benton Wright, who took part in the Cub Scout flag-raising ceremony, was impressed by the helicopter display.
“I was waving `hi' to them,” he said to show his support.
As the firefighters and EMS workers left, they flashed the lights and sounded their sirens on their rigs to the delight of the students.
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