Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: September 11, 2023
The Smithtown Central School district marked the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks within each of its schools on Sept. 11.
At Smithtown High School East, Bill Coderre, social studies and leadership teacher and commander of the American Legion Post 833, hosted the ceremony which took place by the Wall of Heroes.
Superintendent Mark Secaur reflected on the “level of unity” in the country shared after the horrific day 22 years ago, “a level of unity we should never forget.”
A commemorative wreath was placed by leadership students, and the somber ceremony was culminated by “The Star-Spangled Banner,” played on the saxophone by 11th grade student Carter Lam.
At Smithtown High School West, a ceremony was conducted at the school’s Memorial Garden by leadership student Chloe Foster.
The ceremony began with a presentation of the nation’s colors by the Smithtown Fire Department Color Guard. High School West student Olivia Wolber then sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.
Superintendent Secaur and Principal John Coady addressed students and faculty, and a commemorative wreath was placed in the Memorial Garden.
Photo caption: 9/11 Memorial ceremonies held at Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West.
Photos courtesy of Smithtown CSD