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Patriot Day Ceremony held on the campus of JVS

We will never forget, and we will teach those who are too young to remember or were not born yet, the importance of that fateful day; September, 11 2001. This was the message expressed at the Patriot Day Ceremony, held on the campus of Lorain County JVS today.

Staff, students and members of the community came together, to honor and remember all who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks on the United States.

The Posting of Colors was completed by public safety juniors and seniors, led by Public Safety Instructor Jeff Dawson. The national anthem was sung by Corinthia Williams, JVS career connections 9th grader from Avon Lake.

JVS Superintendent and U.S. Army Veteran, Dr. Glenn Faircloth gave opening remarks to the ceremony. “This day in 2001 was a very somber day. Some of our young people may or may not have even been born, but it is important for them to read and study about this day and understand what it means to be a U.S. citizen.”

Justin Frisce, U.S. Navy Fire Controlman Third Class, and JVS Civics and Career Based Intervention Instructor, reflected on his personal experiences from September 11th and the days that followed.

“We were in uncharted waters, uncertainty all around, so we did what Americans have the capacity to do best. We looked to our neighbors in our shared experience and got through it because of each other,” shared Frisce.

Frisce said there is something everyone could learn, that can change their life today. “That day was tragic and unprecedented and terrifying. But we didn’t fall apart. We didn’t turn on each other. At this moment, right now, you are surrounded by people with whom you see issues differently, perhaps have even argued vehemently with. Yet united you stand, gathered here as Americans. Take that with you today.”

A wreath was presented at the base of the memorial by Savannah Bennett, cosmetology senior from Wellington; Hailey Ferry, cosmetology senior from North Ridgeville and Charles Williams, marketing senior from North Ridgeville.

In closing, JVS high school principal, Jill Petitti, asked for a moment of silence at 8:46am, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The focus of the memorial is a 7-foot section taken from a larger beam that was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center. It is welded to two steel supports that represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center and is positioned at a 9.11 degree angle on a pentagon-shaped platform.

The color yellow represents remembrance, and was chosen for the mums that were planted by landscape and greenhouse management students, in the shape of a ribbon which surrounds the memorial.