Students at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School may not remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 but the annual memorial service, which occurred Wednesday morning at the school is meant to instill the memory and importance of emergency personnel in the community.
The memorial service began with the posting of the colors by members of the Knights of Columbus Council 1061. Guests included Anne Muntzell, wife of Missouri Representative Dave Muntzell, who presented a flag to the school, members of the Boonville Fire Department, Boonville Police Department, Cooper County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Highway Patrol and Boonville community members.
Saints Peter and Paul School Principal Alan Lammers welcomed everyone to the service. Rev. Robert Duesdieker gave the opening prayer.
United States Veteran Gilbert Fairley recounted the story of the brave citizens of United Airlines Flight 93. He said the individuals on this flight knew what happened earlier when hijacked planes, hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon. They took matters in their own hands and attempted to regain control of the plane again. Ultimately the plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
Knights of Columbus Member Ted Smith presented a picture of all the flags, which have flown over the country since the Revolutionary War.
"The education value is tremendous especially when these kids see those who serve them and their community. When we are running away from danger, our firefighters and law enforcement are running in to help. We tend to take that for granted. They need to grow up to know what it means to serve the community and country and the sacrifice others have made so they can live the life they have," Lammers said.