Stadium Drive continued an 11-year tradition of holding a 9/11 ceremony to remember the firemen, police officers and emergency workers who responded to help the victims of the terrorist attacks. Another tree was planted at the school, but one that had an extra hidden meaning.
"The tree we dedicated today was planted to replace one that fell down from a storm," said Stadium Drive Principal Jim Goske. "I just found out the one that was replaced was the tree planted in the first ceremony 11 years ago. It is a good lesson on how we can bounce back from a disaster."
The ceremony on the morning of Sept. 11 this year was held on the east side of the school. It was attended by five police officers, six firemen, Larry Wilson from the road department, two township trustees, Boy Scout members and representatives, and members of the Boardman High School band.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Stadium Drive third-graders Abby Tauro, Reese Wallace, and Ryan Conti were honored to be the first in line to plant their flag along Stadium Drive in front of the school, following the 9/11 ceremony last Wednesday.
In the ceremony, Trustee Larry Moliterno told the students his own children were attending Stadium Drive the year of the 9/11 attacks. He said they are all in college now, but remember the lesson of how communities came together that day. The lesson continues in the form of a day of observance for those who gave their lives in helping others.
"We use this day to celebrate how strong we are as a country and how we can all come together," he said. "We are here together today to plant a tree to honor our fallen heroes."
This year's tree is a red maple that was planted on the east side of the building. Following the brief ceremony, all the students and staff planted small American flags along Stadium Drive in front of the school. Goske told students to be sure to tell their parents what those flags mean when the drive by. He said the rest of the day was spent studying heroes.