BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
SOUTH WEBER — Students stood in quiet attention as the flag of the United States was lowered, respectfully folded and returned to the principal of South Weber Elementary.
It was the culminating event of a day celebrating heroes, and the color guard from Hill Air Force Base had the rapt attention of the tudents.
“Always remember this,” said Marilyn Hales, principal, at the conclusion. “You see the respect shown for our flag and when you see a flag flying anywhere, think about that respect.”
The ceremony was part of a 9/11 Heroes Assembly sponsored by the United Way of Northern Utah.
Local airmen and firemen attended classes, reading age-appropriate books and then answering questions about their service.
Pilots visited sixth-grade classes, those in the nation’s security forces read with fifth graders, fire fighters spoke with third- and fourth-grade classes and first and second graders were taught by others in the military about service, and about what their jobs entail.
The assembly program began as a grant from the Utah Commission on Volunteers, and similar assemblies take place in dozens of schools around the valley.
The assemblies are held in tribute to Brady Howell, who was killed at the Pentagon in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.