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Residents pause to remember those lost on Patriot Day

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

The “We Remember 9/11” Flag and the American Flag are both flown at half-mast on Patriot Day.

The “We Remember 9/11” Flag and the American Flag are both flown at half-mast on Patriot Day.

Local school districts, some businesses, and county officials remembered those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 with a variety of assemblies and gathering on Patriot Day last Friday.
The Van-Far R-I School District flew their commemorative flag called “We Remember 9/11” at half-mast that features a bell, an image of the World Trade Towers, and the Pentagon.
Van-Far Elementary students participated in an afternoon assembly in their gymnasium and sang a selection of patriotic songs.
Van-Far band students joined them for the event.
A video was also shown with the song “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood playing in the background.
A moment of silence was also held before the Van-Far/Community R-VI football game vs. South Callaway.
Community R-VI Secondary Principal Bob Curtis said students in grades 7-12 were shown actual footage from the day and received articles as conversations were held in all history classes. The United Credit Union in Vandalia cooked some hot dogs and brats for customers and proudly displayed the American Flag on the outside of their building.
In Mexico, the Audrain County Commission and Audrain County Emergency Management Agency hosted an observance at the northeast corner of the Audrain County Courthouse.
Members of all emergency agencies in the community were recognized. Those agencies include Mexico Public Safety, Little Dixie Fire Protection District, Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, Audrain County Ambulance District, American Red Cross, Disaster Relief, SSM Au-drain, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
At noon, emergency agencies positioned throughout the community activated their emergency lights and sirens for one minute to honor those who died on September 11, 2001, followed by one minute of silence.
The Farber Fire Department participated from their location.
Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw  and Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs both addressed the crowd.
Mexico resident Charles Fry was the Master of Ceremonies.
Chaplain Bob Knight  closed the ceremony with a prayer.
A special tribute to the late Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper James M. Bava was also on display.