Students, teachers, parents, and Cobb first responders gathered at Hillgrove High School for the school’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.
The students fell silent as the Hillgrove Navy JROTC cadets marched toward the flag pole. Like so many people around the country on the 18th anniversary of that fateful September day in 2001, the Hillgrove community stopped and listened as the times and locations of where the victims perished were read aloud.
They observed a moment of silence in remembrance of those who lost their lives, and Hillgrove’s choir presented the “The Star-Spangled Banner” as members of the Cobb County Police Department stood at attention.
The crowd was quiet and somber when Hillgrove Band Director Patrick Erwin played “Taps” on a hilltop in the distance.
For the adults in attendance, the ceremony was a reminder to never forget September 11, 2001. But, for the students who were born after 9/11, the school ceremony served as a lesson about how historical events impact the community for decades—a lesson they should never forget.