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Longwood High School Commemorates 9/11

Longwood High School Hosts 9/11 Commemoration
Posted on 09/10/2021
Longwood High School Hosts 9/11 CommemorationToday, Longwood Board of Education members, administrators, faculty, staff, and students gathered at the high school courtyard to honor and remember those lost on September 11, 2001. 

Coordinated by assistant principal Barbara Merkle and the 9/11 Committee, the ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. 
 
After the presentation of the color guard, senior Jerry Ewald and junior Aidan Auriemma played Echo Taps in honor of the men and women lost 20 years ago. 
 
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lohman welcomed attendees and shared the importance of supporting students through inclusion and unity. “While our students may be too young to have personal memories of 9/11, it fills me with pride to know that the focus of the Longwood staff and community support our students by promoting the values of peace and unity throughout our district and the continued celebration of our diversity.”
 
As part of the commemoration, students placed flags around the courtyard containing the names of the victims of the attack.  
  
“Today, we also would like to pay tribute to our fallen heroes, the members of the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, Emergency Medical Technicians, and the New York and New Jersey Port Authority,” said Mrs. Merkle.  “These men and women gave their lives to save the lives of others.
 
After the ceremony, Superintendent Dr. Lohman, Board President Dr. Stitham, and Senior Class Presidents Tyler Massian and Justin Drachtman cut the ribbon for the rededication of the high school’s 9/11 Memorial Garden.

Thank you to Assemblyman Joe DeStefano, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, and Town of Brookhaven Councilman Michael Loguercio for being a part of this special event.

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