A.A. Cole Elementary School proudly celebrated the red, white and blue during its Patriot Day celebration on Sept. 12.
Fourth graders marched into the gymnasium as they presented the country’s colors and several flags reflective of first responders’ heroic efforts during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The student body then stood proudly with their hands on their hearts as they recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Because the attacks occurred before all A.A. Cole students were born, Principal Michael Smolnik explained the significance of 9/11.
He then introduced guest speaker, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Flaherty, who spoke to students about unity of their country, community and school.
He encouraged students to relate to A.A. Cole’s character education initiative of CHAMPS: conversation, help, activity, movement, participation and success.
Capt. Flaherty is from the neighboring community of Cleveland.
He will complete flight training in Florida and then relocate to the Middle East, where he will command maritime patrol.