As the country pays tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks and those who rushed in to help on September 11, 2001, the City of O’Fallon invited Assumption Middle School students to attend the Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, September 10, 2021. The presidential proclamation designated the day as “an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following the attacks, and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities."
Assumption 8th graders Caitlyn D, Madilyn H., and McKenna S. were responsible for handing the programs to guests as they entered the area. Mayor Bill Hennessy, Officer Pollard (School Resource Officer), and John Wiemann (State Representative, District 103) began the program after students Logan S., Joey U., and Ben H. said the Pledge of Allegiance over the speaker system.
The keynote speaker was Captain Frank Minnini with honored guests being the O'Fallon Fire Protection District, the O'Fallon Police Force, and the St. Charles County Ambulance District. Students Hayden B., Dan B., Jack E., and Benji B. provided all attendees red and white carnations in remembrance. Included in the program was a rifle salute, playing of taps, singing of God Bless America, laying of the wreath by honored guests, benediction. Following benediction, all attendees were able to place their carnations near the wreath to remember all that have served and fallen. Lastly, the Honor Guard retreated.