Military, law enforcement and first responders take the risers to be recognized by Cottonwood youth at one of the school’s Patriot Day programs. L&T file photos/Robert Pierce
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
The anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in American history is less than two weeks away, and ceremonies are being organized across the country to recognize those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Locally, Liberal’s Cottonwood Intermediate will have its annual Patriot Day program to honor military, law enforcement and first responders for their service.
Coordinator Becky Robison said a new batch of kids takes part each year in the event.
“It’s a great opportunity for all of them to remember there are first responders, veterans and active military men and women in our community that care about them and who sacrifice and put so much on the line to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being,” she said.
Students from neighboring Lincoln Elementary will also be joining their fellow Cottonwood youth at Patriot Day, and the young people will perform many songs throughout the program, including:
• The Star Spangled Banner;
• Carry the Torch;
• All American Me and You;
• We Celebrate America;
• Shine Your Light;
• Hawaii 5-0;
• Never Let Go;
• the Military Medley of all five branches of the military; and
• Gratitude Attitude.
The community is invited to attend the event, which will take place starting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 in the north parking lot at Cottonwood Intermediate.
Visitors are asked to park in the south parking lot or along the street.
“This will allow all emergency vehicles room in the north parking lot, so they have easy access in and out as needed,” Robison said.
The coordinator would like to give special thanks to many sponsors, as well as her Patriot Day co-collaborators Laura Hopkins, who teaches music at both Cottonwood and Sunflower Intermediate, and Stephanie Drymalski, who teaches at Lincoln and MacArthur Elementary.
“Mead Lumber, who will be providing the dowel rods for the flags the kids colored this year,” Robison said. “Spencer Browne’s, who will be donating coffee for our guests. VFW for providing the water dispenser and military flags. Watson Warriors and Gary Classen for providing and running sound for the event, and Steve Leete for capturing it all on video for us. This is a monumental effort by all, and I’m proud to be part of it again. We’d love to see you there.”