Mitchell High School history teacher Matthew Hurd addresses students during a special assembly in remembrance of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Hurd, a veteran, told students about the importance of appreciating those that fight for their freedom.

Mitchell has Sept. 11 recognition ceremony

LEDGER – Mitchell High School students ended their school day this past Monday with a special presentation to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York.

Mitchell history teacher and military veteran Matthew Hurd organized the assembly and invited area first responders and other emergency officials.

The first responders were honored at the beginning of the presentation, which also featured patriotic music and a speech from senior Anna Zheng.

Zheng told her fellow students the importance of appreciating first responders.

“We are remembering and paying tribute,” she said. “On a daily basis, these people are running to the danger on our behalf. They are putting their lives on their line to keep us safe.”

Hurd closed the assembly with a short message to the students and a moment of silence.

“None of us had any idea how it was going to affect us going forward,” Hurd said about the attacks. “We’re extremely lucky. People are working on our behalf every day.”

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