ROGERSVILLE — Students at several Hawkins County schools honored first responders and police officers Tuesday in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Rogersville City School hosted an assembly in the gym honoring police and first responders and provided breakfast.
Police and first responders were also honored at Hawkins County Elementary School where they received breakfast, with students singing patriotic songs to them while they ate, and then were invited into the classrooms to read a book, answer students’ questions and/or talk to schoolchildren about their jobs.
St. Clair Elementary and Mooresburg Elementary hosted special 9/11 programs as well.
Mooresburg Elementary honored first responders with an American flag ceremony and singing outside the school.
St. Clair Elementary students sang to first responders and also took part in the fifth annual National Anthem Sing-A-Long at 1 p.m. by singing “The Star Spangled Banner” along with students and communities across America.
This program unites people across the U.S. in pride, patriotism and song, honoring the resilience of America and Americans over time.
Along with singing the national anthem, students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and held a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11.
The Bulls Gap Fire Department, Hawkins County Rescue Squad, Hawkins County EMS, Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, SRO Stephen Williams, Hawkins County Mayor Jim Lee and Commissioner Bob Edens participated in the St. Clair event.
“The teachers and staff went above and beyond with their outstanding hospitality,” said Hawkins County Rescue Squad member Corey Young. "We are blessed to serve and live in a community that goes above and beyond for each other."