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Photo by Pat Sunderland VFW Commander Dave Rowland speaks during a Patriot Day ceremony at Delta High School. The JROTC color guard posted the U.S. and state flags.

In commemoration of Patriot Day on Friday, Sept. 11, Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary conducted a brief memorial and planted a tree at Delta High School last week. The school's JROTC class and color guard also participated. Speakers included Mayor Ed Sisson, VFW chaplain Linda Stahly and acting police chief Charles Kettle.

The students in attendance were preschoolers when terrorists attacked the United States 14 years ago, but the adults in attendance have vivid recollections of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Post Commander Dave Rowland provided a timeline of those events and encouraged everyone in attendance to take a few minutes to reflect on the 2,977 Americans who lost their lives in the ruthless attacks. He spoke of how that event has forever changed America, but in the end brought the country together with renewed pride for our flag and our freedoms.

Auxiliary president Jennifer Wright vowed this country will never forget the citizens and rescue personnel who lost their lives that day, nor the troops who have given their lives in the war on terror, as well as those who continue the fight against evil.

The ceremony concluded with the playing of "Taps" by Richard Weldon.

In previous years, the VFW has planted trees at the two elementary schools and the middle school in Delta.

Photo by Pat Sunderland Acting police chief Charles Kettle (left) and Officers Cody Hammon and Steve Furstenfeld (not pictured) grabbed shovels to help DHS students plant an evergreen tree to commemorate Patriot Day.
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