Patriot Day first responders

September 2019 School District Roundup: San Antonio Students Honor America

Patriots are people who vigorously support their country. The patriotic spirit is alive and well in our San Antonio schools across the city. Next month we will honor Veterans Day vets by hosting ceremonies, luncheons, and breakfast celebrations. In this District Roundup, we cover how our school districts gathered in solidarity as patriots remembering September 11th, 2001. Our students memorialized Patriot Day by honoring and remembering those who were injured or killed on 9/11 and celebrating American pride. 

Graebner Elementary School in San Antonio ISD held a special remembrance assembly with the City of San Antonio first responders and U.S. Army veterans. Guest speakers shared the significance of 9/11 with students and staff, followed by a moment of silence, a flag-raising ceremony, and a choir performance of God Bless America.  Students thanked the first responders for their service and celebrated their careers. [photo above]

Highlands High School observed the day with a morning ceremony to honor the fallen heroes with the students, staff, and cadets.

Patriot Day

Photo: Highlands High School

Patriot Day

Photo: Johnson High School

At Johnson High School in North East ISD Lt. Col. Gabriel Macias shared his personal story of 9/11 events at the annual Johnson High School Patriot Day ceremony in North East ISD. The assembly was hosted by the Johnson JROTC program and included many cadets and students.  The ceremony concluded with the playing of taps, and three flags at the school were raised to half-staff.

Southside ISD students and teachers at Heritage Elementary School honored the 9/11 victims and first responders. They were joined by the San Antonio Police Department Eagle helicopter team, San Antonio Police Officers, Bexar County Firefighters, and a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy.  The children were given the opportunity to see a real police helicopter up close and interact with several San Antonio first responders.

Photo: Heritage Elementary School