September 11 Remembrance

September 11 Remembrance - by The Trojan Times
Posted on 09/16/2019

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The AFJROTC and Criminal Justice Academies made sure that “We will never forget.”

By Jazmine Castillo – AFJROTC Wing Commander
Photos by Rikki Lu, Mary Anne Speight, Sterlyn Smith, and Mr. Harlowe 

At dawn’s early light, members of Lake Worth Community High School's Air Force JROTC and the Criminal Justice Academy were on the football field to plant 2,977 flags to commemorate the eighteenth anniversary of those who perished on September 11, 2001. 

Four flights took off from Boston and New Jersey but never landed at their destinations. Hijackers overpowered crew and flew each plane and its passengers to their deaths at the Twin Towers in the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon outside of Washington D.C. in Arlington, Virginia. 

A  fourth flight, Flight 93, did not reach its intended target. Flight 93 had been hijacked and headed for, what some believed, was The White House or the Pentagon. 

However, passengers overpowered the terrorists and brought the plane down into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (A movie, Flight 93, details the story of the crew’s bravery.) 

Over the past several years, the Air Force JROTC has planted flags on the field to continue a very powerful campus tradition.

“The main thing is that we don’t want to forget the tragedy,” says Colonel Hughes, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. “It is important to honor the victims.”
Also, in this year’s ceremony, the Criminal Justice Academy took part.

“It is important for both Academies to join forces as a team to commemorate this date just as police, firefighter, medical staffs and civilians did on that tragic day.”

Never forget!