By Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs
Hickam Elementary School hosted a Sept. 11 remembrance commemoration assembly and march to honor the victims who perished 13 years ago during the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon and Flight 93 in a field in Pennsylvania.
The event included remarks from Rory Vierra, Hickam Elementary School principal, a performance of the Star Spangled Banner and state song of Hawaii from the Royal Hawaiian Band, and a moment of silence honoring the victims of Sept. 11.
The event continued with a march from Manzelman Circle to Eighth and Ninth Avenues and concluded with a return to Hickam Elementary School.
Hickam Elementary faculty, students, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Radford High School Band and JROTC color guard, representatives from Mokulele Elementary School, the Federal Fire Department and JBPHH Security Forces participated in the march.
Approximately 700 participants were in attendance at the event and march, including more than 630 students.
“To move forward does not mean we will forget,” Vierra said.
“Today we honor the sacrifices of the men and women who protect us every day—the military, the police and fire departments alike. We need continue to remember and honor their sacrifices and to remember what it means to be an American,” he said.
As the students and march participants looped back toward Hickam Elementary School to finish the parade, both spectators and participants alike could be overheard sharing their stories of where they were that day and how they will always remember it.
“We can easily remember what happened 13 seconds ago,” said Vierra. “We can also recall what happened 13 minutes ago. Thirteen hours ago, we were probably eating dinner with our families. But as time goes on to 13 days, 13 months, our memories start to fade. But 13 years ago, we will never forget.”