Roslyn School District held a day of remembrance and reflection on the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Students, faculty and staff across the district were encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show solidarity and pay tribute to all who were lost.
Teachers were prepared to address tough questions as students learned about this unforgettable day in the nation’s history.
At Harbor Hill Elementary School, students assembled outside in the front circle to sing patriotic songs and present heartfelt letters to local law enforcement and members of the Roslyn Fire Department.
East Hills hosted a similar ceremony outside their school, with songs, short speeches and a lesson on what the commemoration represents. Members of the local fire department were also in attendance.
Student musicians and singers from the high school also participated, performing “God Bless America.”
Heights first graders wrote letters to thank firefighters and police officers which were presented in person when they visited the school on Sept. 11.
Roslyn Middle School Principal Craig Johanson gave a speech in remembrance, led the Pledge of Allegiance and hosted a moment of silence.
Roslyn High School Principal Scott Andrews used the public announcement system to educate students about the events of the day and also held a moment of silence. He was followed by members of the high school band and chorus who performed “God Bless America.”
“We must never forget the heroes who gave their all that day and do everything we can to honor their memory,” Superintendent Allison Brown said. “Teaching our children about 9/11 is not just about understanding a tragic event in our history. It’s also about fostering empathy and resilience. By educating the next generation about that day, we empower them to be informed, compassionate citizens who can contribute to a better future.”