Every year the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack brings us back to that horrific day. The majority of our students were not alive when this horror took place, but staff and students alike all take time to think about those that lost their lives and thank first responders, and military personnel, and first responders for the sacrifices they have made for our country.
On September 11th this year, West Valley High School’s JROTC program, choir, and band performed before school began. The band played the national anthem and the choir sang as JROTC cadets raised the American Flag and then lowered it to half-staff. Hemet Firefighters and Police came to show their respect and stand with students, staff and community members as they joined in a moment of silence.
Prior to the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony, Chief Warrant Officer 4 and Naval Science Teacher Alfonza Walton took the opportunity to recognize and celebrate student and JROTC Executive Officer Andrew Weishaar. Weishaar received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for achievement in academic excellence in Naval Science and academic subjects. Andrew was one of 22 cadets in Area Eleven, which includes all of Southern California and Arizona’s NJROTC programs totaling around 80,000 cadets, to receive the honor and recognition this year. In addition, this is the first time the honor was given in the school’s history.
Dartmouth Middle School hosted its third annual “9/11 Remembrance” event. Over 70 servicemen and women and dignitaries from the City of Hemet, Cal Fire, Police Department, Navy, and Army were in attendance and were served breakfast for their service. Hemet High’s JROTC cadets presented the colors and the Dartmouth choir sang a variety of patriotic songs and joined the band as they both performed the National Anthem. Just as the students were finishing the National Anthem, two World War II planes flew over campus from the March Air Force Base. After the performances dignitaries, first responders, military personnel, and veterans gathered in the staff lounge and library to eat breakfast provided by Dartmouth staff.
A big thank you to the service men and women that were able to come to events throughout the district in remembrance of September 11th. Thank you to our first responders, military personnel, and veterans for your service to our community and our country. We appreciate all that you do!