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18th annual September 11 Remembrance Ceremony held at Decatur High School


18th annual September 11 Remembrance Ceremony held at Decatur High School

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Decatur High Students held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Sept. 11, 2019. Photo provided by Chris Billingsley.


Decatur High School held the 18th annual September 11 Remembrance Ceremony at the school’s flagpole, outside of the front entrance to the school.

The ceremony was at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, and several teachers attended with their classes of students. They gathered to remember September 11, 2001 as well as the former students, firefighters, and police officers that devoted their lives to fighting for this country’s freedom.

Former student Corbin Allgood-Mckinnin played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes, the chorus sang the national anthem and God Bless America, and the Corp of Cadets “looked sharp,” according to Chris Billingsley, former Decatur High teacher.

In attendance at the ceremony was long-time Decatur resident and former company commander of the high school JROTC program, Jerry Eickhoff, who received the “DHS JROTC September 11 Service Award,” as well as Commissioner Tony Powers, who recognized the work of first responders and prompted students to model “service over self.”

In addition, Billingsley works with contractors who donated 1,600 flags for all of the students.

“As a former teacher and homeowner in Decatur, I was very proud of how DHS remembered 9/11 today,” Billingsley said.

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