Palo Verde High School remembers teacher lost on 9/11
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Eleven years ago, Las Vegas lost a teacher, a friend, and colleague.
"As we go through the years and the students are becoming more and more separated from the actual date itself, I think it's been a real important thing for us to remind them that we did lose someone very important to our school that day," said Kevin Hagood, a teacher at Palo Verde High School.
Barbara Edwards was a foreign language teacher at Palo Verde. She was on Flight 77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.
Every year the school keeps her memory and the memory of all the victims of September 11th alive.
"As you can see it's very moving to me, 9/11 is the reason why I'm in ROTC," said Ryan Roberto, holding back tears.
Roberto is the Corps Commander for the Palo Verde JROTC. She remembers watching the tragedy unfold on the news as a young child. And remembers being inspired by the men and women in uniform in the parades and memorials that followed.
It's those men and women in uniform that were honored by the Las Vegas Elks this anniversary.
Two wars resulted from that awful day in our history but the Las Vegas Elks is honoring all veterans.
"We picked this date because it's important for everybody," said Elks Member, Duane LaDuke. "All of our kids that are over there fighting now is because of what happened."
Clark County also hosted a ceremony at the Clark County Government Center to remember the day. The event was attended by firefighters, police officer and other emergency response personnel.