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Ceremony held at middle school to consider the fallen, patriotism

Sep 13, 2015 11:03PM ● Published by Rhett Wilkinson

Shawn McLeod explained why a flag-raising ceremony took place Friday morning at his South Jordan Middle School. Photo courtesy South Jordan Middle School

By Rhett Wilkinson

Citing the fallen and patriotism, Shawn McLeod explained why a flag-raising ceremony took place Friday morning at his South Jordan Middle School.

“Honoring them, by remembering their patriotism… I guess that’s one thing to teach our students about,” the principal said. “Patriot Day is one day to pay that respect to those people who have fought and continue to fight to maintain those freedoms.”

When speaking about the fallen, McLeod pointed out first responders. President George W. Bush on Sept. 4, 2002, used the authority of the resolution passed by Congress as the first Patriot Day after he signed the resolution into law on Dec. 18, 2001.

Three boy scouts performed the flag raising. Then folks, including students, staff, parents, school board members, police and city representatives, repeated the Pledge of Allegiance and paused for a moment of silence to remember Sept. 11 and others fallen.

A concert choir sang the national anthem, “Homeward Bound” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The ceremony took place for the fourth straight year.
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