On Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, Lee High School commemorated 9/11 and Patriot Day with a solemn ceremony hosted by the JROTC and assisted by members of the Robert E. Lee school band.
Many teachers brought their classes to observe and participate as buglers played taps and one chime rang for each airplane that crashed on that terrible day. Battalion Commander and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Rosa Mora, began by calling the large crowd to order and introducing the narrator, Cadet Lieutenant Juan Urquidi.
Urquidi described the tragic 9/11 events to a respectful audience. He wore civilian clothing as a symbol that most killed on 9/11 were civilians. Next, Mora ordered the Flag Detail to “Post.” Flag Detail Commander First Sergeant Bryan Stanley called members to attention. A drum beat pierced through the morning air as they march forward and attached the American and Texas flags. While being hoisted, two buglers played “Taps.” Flags were lowered to half–staff, while a loud chime sounded as the time of each plane crash was announced.
The ceremony was brief and had a serious tone befitting for the occasion. It was a time of reflection in each person’s own way.