PORT TOWNSEND — The last time all the students and staff at Port Townsend High School gathered around the flag pole was Sept. 14, 2001.
On that day, the country was still in shock over terrorists attacks that resulted in thousands of deaths in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
Last Friday, students and staff gathered at the flag site again, this time to dedicate a memorial to the victims of Sept. 11.
“The last time we gathered around the flag pole as a school, we respected a moment of silence in memory of September 11,” principal Carrie Ehrhardt said at the dedication. “Today, we meet here, led by four wonderful students who felt the need to do something about it.”
The flag pole memorial at Port Townsend High School was a senior team project by four students, Zach Perka, Karen Pollack, Andrew Prince and Anna Vinitsky. Located east of the main school building, it includes a 35-foot flagpole surrounded by a circular concrete courtyard. Yet to be added are four brick benches and a memorial plaque in the central octagonal flowerbed.
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