Laurel Hill School Holds Patriotic Remembrance Ceremony

Laurel Hill School students and staff held a Remembrance Ceremony to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001 by gathering around the flag pole at the front of the school on September 11, 2014. 

Pastor Mike McVay of Laurel Hill Baptist Church, and Laurel Hill’s Hobo Mascot, began the ceremony by addressing the crowd and emphasizing the event’s solemn purpose.   Assistant Principal Rhonda Whetstone shared with the students what she was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. 

The American flag was lowered to half-mast by Leadership students Bree Hammac and Hope Standridge at 8:52 a.m., the time the first World Trade Center was struck.   

Eglin Air Force Base’s Honor Guard presented the colors. 

“It is such a privilege to have the Honor Guard here,” said Officer Joe McLaughlin, Laurel Hill’s Resource Officer.

The four volunteer team members were Staff Sergeant Maurice Brown, Airman First Class Dominique Johnson, Senior Airman Steve Kim, and Airman First Class Sabrina Bailey.

Teacher Lena Steele sang the National Anthem and everyone paused for a moment of silence. 

AFC Johnson said he “was thrilled to present the colors to the 400+ students and staff” and he considered it an honor to be part of the team.

Sarah Mahon, a sophomore, and many others, thanked the Honor Guard for their service and for being a part of Laurel Hill’s ceremony.

The Remembrance Ceremony was arranged by the school’s Leadership Class.