Students at Hardin Park began their day Monday, Sept. 11 with the school’s annual Patriot’s Day event — a memorial to victims of the 2001 terror attacks and a day the school uses to recognize the work of local police and emergency responders.

The event includes a flag lowering ceremony performed by cadets of Watauga High School’s Marine Corps JROTC and a performance from the school’s band and orchestra.

Members of local emergency services and law enforcement participate in the event and walk through the school for a parade, and afterwards enjoy a catered breakfast at Hardin Park.

Watauga County Schools Superintendent Scott Elliot said Patriot’s Day was an important reminder of the event of Sept. 11, 2001. Since most students at Watauga County Schools weren’t born in 2001, Elliott said it is import to help them understand the significance of that day through events like the one at Hardin Park.