As has been the case each year since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the Burlington Public Schools has taken pause on 9/11 to reflect on the events of that day, to remember those who we lost, and to thank those who served and continue to do so.
One of the places in our district for which this day holds extra meaning is Pine Glen Elementary School, the school that American Airline Flight 11 pilot Thomas McGuinness attended. We are honored annually by the presence of the McGuinness family at our Heroes Assembly at Pine Glen as well as our local first responders from the Burlington Police and Fire Department. In the video below our Pine Glen Chorus sings a special song just for our local first responders.
The following is an excerpt from Principal Sullivan’s Blog at BHS discussing 9/11.
It is tradition at Burlington High School to mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Time will go on for everyone who was affected by this tragedy, but we paused this morning to remember – so we never forget this horrific tragedy and the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives. Here, in our school community, we also remember several members of the Burlington Community who lost their lives on 9/11:
Robert J. Hayes
Burlington High School Class of 1981
Co-Pilot of America Airlines Flight 11 and 1977 BHS graduate
Jim & Mary Trentini
Retired Burlington High School Teacher and Coach and his wife
In addition to a moment of silence and the singing of the National Anthem (video below), a vase with four roses is placed in the lobby on September 11 – it sits in front of the plaque in memory of the four members of the BHS community we lost – and will never forget.