Las Vegas ceremonies commemorate 9/11

Members of the Palo Verde High School Air Force JROTC prepare for a ceremony to honor victims of the 9/11 attack at the Barbara Edwards Memorial on campus in Las Vegas, Sept. 11, 2017. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Members of the Palo Verde High School Air Force JROTC prepare for a ceremony to honor victims of the 9/11 attack at the Barbara Edwards Memorial on campus in Las Vegas, Sept. 11, 2017. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Ceremonies around the Las Vegas Valley were being held Monday morning to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The remembrances included a flag rededication at Palo Verde High School to honor teacher Barbara Edwards, who died in the attack on Washington, D.C.

In an early ceremony at the Joseph M. Neal STEAM Academy, students were asked to honor the day with an act of kindness.

“We must always defend freedom and democracy and treasure family and community,” said Denise Murray, principal of the elementary school.

Murray and her husband, a retired police lieutenant for the New York City Port Authority, lost 37 friends that day.

She stood next to a plaque with the names and faces of the 37 victims, surrounded by twin tower replicas decorated with tiny American flags bearing the names of all those who died in the attacks.

Although Murray’s students weren’t alive at the time of the attacks, she said she makes a point to talk to the students about the event each year.

“I know they have empathy for me when I tell them my story,” she said.

In the week prior to 9/11 and on Monday, students were watching age-appropriate videos and having discussions about the attacks with their teachers.

“It gives people who weren’t alive at that time of a picture of it,” said nine-year-old Aubrey White, a fifth-grade student at the school. “It was a very sad time.”

The Las Vegas Fire Department had a ceremony at 6:45 a.m. at Fire Station No. 5 at 1020 Hinson St., paying tribute to those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Contact Meghin Delaney at mdelaney@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0281. Follow @MeghinDelaney on Twitter.

A flag at @PaloVerdeHS_NV Barbara Edwards Memorial is at half-staff following a ceremony to honor the Palo Verde teacher who died on 9/11. pic.twitter.com/GCkthoxEo3Murray challenged her students to do something kind today in honor of 9/11Principal Denise Murray and her husband knew 37 people who died in the 9/11 attacks. She makes a point to talk to her students about it

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