Patriot Day Assembly

Payson Fire Department
PJHS Choir
American Flags through the Years
Flag Retirement Ceremony

Today at Payson Jr. High, we held an assembly celebrating the memory of those whose lives were lost in the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. We celebrated the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of those who put themselves in danger in order to protect and rescue others. We were joined by members of the Utah National Guard, members of Payson's police and fire departments, as well as other members of the community. Principal Swenson shared his memories of that fateful day. Students participated by singing patriotic songs, giving a brief history of the American flag and its design, and retiring tattered American flags which once flew over our school. 

Sandy Dahl, whose husband was the pilot of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, responded to the experience of that day with these wise words: "If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate" (Parade Magazine).

George W. Bush, who was President of the United States at the time, said, "One of the worst days in America's history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history. We'll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice" (9/11 Pentagon Memorial Speech).

Former President Barack Obama said, "Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11" (Time Magazine).

Choose to honor those who lost their lives on this day, sixteen years ago, by showing kindness and serving others. It's the American way, and it's the Grizzly way.