Remembering Sept. 11

awileman@sierrastar.comSeptember 17, 2013 

Sierra Tel sponsored the annual community Patriot Day Sept. 11, at the company's office on Crane Valley Road (426).

Patriot Day was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2001 as a day of remembrance to those individuals who gave their lives during the terrorist attacks 12 years ago.

The event honored those who died during the Sept. 11 attacks as well as service men and women around the world who continue to put themselves at risk to keep their communities and nation safe.

Guest speaker, former Fresno city councilman and retired U.S. Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander Larry E. Westerland stresses the importance of remembering those who gave their lives that tragic day and the importance of having citizens in communities around the country willing to lend a helping hand when called upon.

The event included a flag raising ceremony and performances by the Yosemite High School Advanced Percussion Ensemble and YHS Chamber Singers.

There to show support was the Griswold Mountain Detachment Marine Corps League #1121 who gave a 21-rifle salute in honor of the men and women who have died serving their country. Joining the Detachment League was Yosemite High School Cadet Corps.

Patriot Day gives members of the Mountain Area a chance to show their support for military, law enforcement, firefighters and members of the community who put themselves in harms way to ensure the safety of others.

Other speakers included Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, Congressmen Tom McClintock's field representative Ross Branch, and many more who showed their unwavering support for individuals who serve their community.

During the event the audience took time to recognize veterans, active service men and women, and emergency personnel who were present at the event.

The event was also documented by the new YHS video production class.

To continue showing support Sierra Tel has attached flags to each of its company vehicles and will be flown from now until Veterans Day.

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