Natchitoches Central holds Patriot Day flag ceremony

This morning, Sept. 11 at 7:15 am, Natchitoches Central students, faculty, and staff met at the flag pole and held a moment of silence to honor all those first responders and civilians hurt or killed on or as a result of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. The American Flag and Louisiana State Flag were raised and then lowered in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.

1st Sgt. Michael Selby and Lt. Col. Anthony Mault, Principal Bill Gordy, and student Jaylon Braxton, talked to the students about the importance of patriotism and the high cost of freedom.

“To me, patriotism means loving my country, and we should because this is the greatest country in the world,” said freshman Joshua Chesal.

Students were reminded not to take for granted the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.

“The fact that we’re able to think the way we want, protest things we don’t agree with, and work to change certain aspects of our lives that could limit our freedom show that we live in a progressive and free society,” said freshman Mason Wardell.

NCHS students, faculty, and staff are proud to honor all those who have given their lives in service to our nation, not just on Patriot Day, but as part of our daily lives.