Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00
On the 11th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, students, teachers and community members joined together at Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont to remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day.
Principal Ken Rosner briefly addressed the school’s 870 students, explaining the importance of commemorating Sept. 11.
“I think it is important for the students to know what happened on that day and to also know that there are some very, very brave people, both here and overseas, who fight for our country every day,” Mr. Rosner said. “Especially on that day – [they were] just ordinary Americans who went in to help and became heroes.”
John Iaconna, a teacher aide at Clara H. Carlson and member of the American Legion Elmont Post 1033, and Diane Romero, a second-grade teacher at Clara H. Carlson for approximately 30 years, raised the American flag in front of the school during the ceremony. Students, faculty and community members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” in unison, accompanied by general music teacher Ira Weiss on electric keyboard.
The five other schools in the Elmont School District also marked the anniversary. Dutch Broadway held an outdoor assembly to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives on 9/11, and students recited and signed a “pledge of hope.” Covert Avenue students raised a flag in remembrance with members of the community while chorus students sang.
Alden Terrace and Stewart Manor observed a moment of silence during the morning announcements to honor the fallen victims and bravery of the first responders. Gotham Avenue also discussed the tragedy during the morning announcements, in addition to listening to a medley of patriotic songs.