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Schools mark Sept. 11 attacks

NEWS                                                                                   Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  880 S. Lemon Avenue
September 11, 2014                                                            Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204

Schools Remember 9/11

DIAMOND BAR, CA—This week, Walnut Valley schools marked the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

Chaparral Middle School band, orchestra, and choir performed patriotic songs to honor and remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2011.

“We want to make sure that we never forget what happened 13 years ago on this day,” said Principal Ron Thibodeaux.

The 8th grade band, directed by Leslie Schroerlucke, performed the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

The 8th grade Orchestra played God Bless America and Honor and Glory.

“Honor and Glory was written as a dedication to all of the First Responders, fire fighters, and police officers,“ conductor Greg Rochford said.

Social studies teacher Nancy Miles read the Presidential Proclamation for Patriot Day.

She challenged the Chaparral students to perform service for others in the coming weeks.

“It’s as simple as writing a thank you note to a First Responder, donating to a charity, or holding the door open for someone. How will you mark this day? What will you do for service?” she said.

The program concluded with the choir performance of Blowing in the Wind and Let it Be. 

“These songs reflect on war and peace,” said director Richard Langham.

At Walnut High School, a score of students placed nearly 3,000 American flags on the front lawn of the campus during lunch and after school on September 10.

The event was organized by the Teen Republicans Club who had support of the Young Democrats Club, Key Club, Sophomore Class Cabinet, and numerous volunteers.

“This year, students created a memorial display with a 9-11 inside a pentagon,” said advisor and social studies teacher Brett Landis.


The Chaparral Middle School 8th grade Band performed patriotic songs in honor of 9/11. 

Chaparral Middle School students gathered in the quad to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. 

The Chaparral choir performed during a patriotic assembly marking the 13th anniversary of 9/11. 

The 8th grade Orchestra performed patriotic music during a 9/11 assembly in the quad. 

Walnut High School students displayed flags to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. Photo courtesy of Walnut High School. 

Walnut High students placed nearly 3,000 flags in front of the campus to mark the anniversary of 9/11. (5371)