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EPISD students, employees observe Patriot Day with patriotic ceremonies

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Sept. 10, 2021) — Students in every corner of the District on Friday celebrated Patriot Day and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States with ceremonies designed to help students learn about the tragic events of that day.

There ceremonies included organized moments of silence, patriotic performances by fine-arts students and the dedication of the flagpole at the new EPISD Administrative Building in Uptown El Paso.

Students at Franklin High School had a ceremony honoring military personnel and first responders. The event has become an annual 9/11 tradition at the campus. 

At Polk Elementary School, students honored service men and women with a commemorative meal and learned about the sacrifices they made to secure the freedom of the country. 

And at Burges High School, students gathered in the recently remodeled courtyard for a flag ceremony that included JROTC students and choir performances. 

Meanwhile, at the new EPISD Administration Building, employees commemorated the day by raising for the first time the American flag on its newly installed flagpole at the facility located on 1014 N. Stanton. JROTC, band and choir students from Coronado, Chapin and El Paso High joined with administrators for a formal ceremony in front of the new building to honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day. 

Station 1 firefighters stood by across the street as their crane flag flew in the background. The Coronado JROTC rose the new American flag to the top of the pole then lowered to half-staff. The symbolic playing of “Taps” by two students concluded the ceremony.

EPISD Flagpole Dedication
EPISD Flagpole Dedication

Video by Angel Dominguez
Photos by Leonel Monroy & EPISD Staff.

Story by Reneé de Santos