Cool at School: Antonello Elementary Teaches 9/11 Lessons

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - They stood shoulder to shoulder on the stage: the men and women who are first to respond when disaster strikes. They are the same people who bore the brunt of 9/11 and the years that followed.

Below them sat the kids of Lee Antonello Elementary School, who listened and sang of praise. To honor the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the school celebrated Patriots Day and taught a lesson.

"Just basically caring about your country is what being a patriot is about," said fifth grader Mikayla Piteman.

"Just to put others before you and always think of others before you act," added fifth grader Regan Blanner.

Speakers, which included an Air Force Thunderbird pilot and a fire chief, told the children being a patriot isn't just about war, it's about how you live your life for yourself, others and your country.

"Being a patriot doesn't mean you fight in wars. It means that you are serving your community in a way that you can help," Piteman said.

Blanner said he understands the lesson of being a patriot. "Respect your country, protect it and to keep it safe and clean for everyone else in your community," he said.

"I think it's great that they understand what patriotism means. They're the next generation, the next generation of local community leaders, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Army leaders, so it's great that they know what a patriot means, so they can grow up to defend our country and to assist in our communities," said Master Sgt. Shawn Bowman with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

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