Sunday, September 11, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: A local remembrance stirs emotions

On Friday morning Ralph and I witnessed an impressive demonstration of patriotism that occurred right outside our front door.
We live near four schools: two elementary and two high schools. Our town's commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was due to the creativity and determination of the technical high school principal, Laurie LeBouthillier.
She managed to pull off the coming together of more than 2,400 students and staff members from all four schools, and they lined three streets forming a circle of unity in our neighborhood.

She also coordinated a parade featuring local volunteer firefighters riding in several pieces of fire apparatus, a high school band, elected officials and more.

I covered the story for the newspaper, which you can read here.

Neighbors came out of their houses to watch; parents of children involved took photos and videos along the route. People remarked about how well-organized the solemn event was, and how it stirred their emotions to see so many people take part.
The event apparently went off without a hitch.

I congratulate Laurie on following through on an idea and turning it  into a reality that those involved will long remember. 

Visit our hostess, Tracy, at Hey Harriet to see lots more shadowy pix from around the world.


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The shadowed flags remind me of that day of infamy, Patti. Thank you.


Bits of shadow and blasts of light,
Morning and evening, noon and night;

Days of darkness, gloomy and drear;
Sometimes bright ones, bringing good cheer;

Spring or winter, summer or fall,
Light or shadow—embrace them all!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Morning Shadow Magic here

LV said...

A wonderful post ad tribute to this special teacher.

barb @iPhoneographi said...

What an awesome way for a teacher to really teach, by getting them up and out and involved. Civics in action. Well done, Laurie.

A Wild Thing said...

It was kinda sad around the fire stations in these parts, all the trucks were parked in the front and flags hung on the ladders...a sad occasion to recall again!

And btw, the BAD Brandon rooster is in the freezer and all is so calm in the hen yard, it was a hard call to make, but it was the logical on the micro farm ain't eays sometimes!

Have a great week!!!

Anonymous said...

This occasion was so much more moving than I ever could have anticipated. Thank you for covering it so beautifully!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful tribute to 9/11.

Regards and best wishes for you Patti

Hey Harriet said...

What a wonderful event to have taken place in your own neighbourhood! A lovely photo and I'm off to read your story now. Thanks for posting the link and have a great week :)

Dianne said...

beautiful idea put into action
good on all involved


bj said...

O, impressive that must have been. I am going over to see your newspaper coverage of it all.
Do you work for the paper? How cool is that !!

nonizamboni said...

Kudos to the principal and for your memorial post. Nicely done.
p.s. Hope you're doing well.

Cinderella11pm said...

That was a wonderful thing Laurie did, to pull together all 2,400 kids and do a circle of unity. Very cool! And very important for kids to know and understand the significance of it for all of their lives, as well as in remebrance of this.

And you can certainly call me 'Cinde' or even 'Drella dearest' :)