The School District of Palm Beach County is observing Patriot Day in honor of the victims of the attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pa. on September 11, 2001.
In commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the attacks, School District flags are lowered to half-staff.
Schools also held observances to mark the anniversary. Atlantic Community High School’s JROTC and Criminal Justice Academy, along with the Delray Beach Police Department, held a ceremony at the school, while H.L. Johnson Elementary School hosted a First Responder luncheon to honor police and fire rescue in the community.
The events of that day are vividly etched into the memories of the more than 20 PBCSD School Police Officers who served as first responders during the attacks.
School District of Palm Beach County Police Department Captain Anthony Makowski says that each year he sets his watch to the time that the attacks began. As a first responder in New York City on that fateful day, he recognizes just how fortunate he was to survive the horrific events.
Here is a look at Golden Grove Elementary School’s annual 9/11 ceremony, which included performances from the Seminole Ridge Community High School band.
Please join us as we reflect.