By Ali Boan
Kaneland Krier Executive Editor
KANELAND NEWS BUREAUâ€”The flag flew at half mast on the morning of Friday, Sept. 11, at Kaneland High School as the Fox Valley fire science class led a ceremony in remembrance of 9/11.
Fire science teacher Gary Baum opened the ceremony with a brief speech remembering the fire fighters, police and paramedics who died in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in New York City.
The choir sang the national anthem as many students gathered around the flagpole to mourn the thousands of people who died that day.
Fire science students raised the flag to half mast as the choir sang.
“I think it’s a great tribute to those who perished in 9/11. It’s good for the fire science students to participate; it shows great patriotism,” Larry Imel, director of the Fox Valley Career Center, said,
The Fox Valley Career Center’s fire science class had only been preparing for the ceremony three days prior to their performance, Javier Martinez, Kaneland government teacher, said.
“I think it went very well,” Martinez said.
Members of the fire science program said they were happy they could be part of the ceremony.
“I felt very honored. Looking back on all the men and women that gave their lives that day, that made being a part of this ceremony such an honor,” Nick Zimmer, senior fire science student, said.
The ceremony was held outside of Kaneland High School at 8:30 a.m. and lasted approximately 15 minutes. It ended with a moment of silence to remember all those who lost their lives that day.