Tuesday, September 11, 2018
With the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan in the background, busloads of students arrived at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center to observe Patriot Day. The 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, students in attendance had not even been born at the time of the tragedy, but all reflected on the event with reverence and caring.
Students from MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Ladavion Weston and Ariel Marks, arrived early to take part in the ceremony that included Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Governor Scott Walker, and other local leaders. As part of the remembrance, students sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”
MPS classrooms are engaged in a variety of activities this week to help students understand the events, remember the victims, and honor the heroes. “Most of us remember that day vividly,” said an MPS staffer. “For the students who were not yet born, it’s incredibly important to understand what happened, how our country responded, and to retain our patriotism. For every American, life changed that day.”