An elementary school flag-raising Friday saluted first-responders.
Volta Elementary honored Sept. 11, also called Patriots Day, with a sing-a-long with Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." and Principal Jan Whitehurst reading from the children's book "September 12: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right."
Whitehurst first explained that people died in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and its rescue effort and then read from the book by Missouri first-graders: "We knew we would be all right, because our parents said they loved us ... and the next morning, the sun came up again."
Fire Chief Chet Guintini raised the flag before lowering it to half-staff, and American Legion Post 166 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2487 member Rick Toscano played taps to close the ceremony.
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Whitehurst said the bugle performance was a special treat.
"This is in honor of all of the regular moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles who went to work on Sept. 11 and did not go home that day," she said. "It is also to honor all of our first-responders, the very brave firemen and policemen who put their lives on the line every day."