ANTIOCH -- Grant Elementary paid tribute to the memory of the Sept. 11 tragedy last week.

The Antioch school event featured the American Legion, staff and PTA, and principal Janeen Zuniga explained the meaning of Patriot Day and why 9/11 is commemorated.

"I was thrilled with the outcome of this community-based event," Zuniga said. The students "were in awe of the flag ceremony presented by the American Legion."

The entire school also had a moment of silence to honor those who perished and the first-responder heroes.

"They showed their respect (with complete quiet) ... quite a success for young children." "Although they were not yet born when the 9/11 catastrophe occurred, they understand that Americans came together during that time of need, and the flag represents our patriotism as Americans."

Zuniga thinks the event was significant.

"I think it is critically important that students learn, in age appropriate ways, about the history of what led to the terrorist attacks and that because of our freedoms, Americans had the ability to persevere in spite of those who disagree with those freedoms."

Local Boy and Girl Scout troops also participated in the flag ceremony along with members of the American Legion in Antioch. Students who participated included Ruby Elliot, Lily Weyrauch, Lorena Vazquez, Sarah Morgan, Anaila Virgen, Brooke Nunn, Amaya Partida, Zaida Williams, Maria Prieto, Christina Clee, Azhon Ferranti, Kenny Peacock, Zach Peacock, Parker Reich, Adam Gee, Dennis Gavrilenko, Leon Garrett, Daniel Mitesh Rasanayagam, Joshua Young, Stanton Westhorpe and Nathan Elliott.

-- Trine Galleogs, Correspondent

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