This morning, students filled the stands of Don Thomas Stadium to pay their respects to the brave, the heroic and the fallen during the Senior High's annual 9/11 ceremony. Though no student sitting in the stands had yet been born on that fateful morning 21 years ago, they listened intently as Social Studies teacher, Brandon Ziegler, took them through his memories of the week of 9/11 during his senior year of high school, his decision to join the military, and how fighting for the freedom of people in the Middle East--and their freedom to go to school and learn--cemented his decision to become a teacher after he returned from war.
Exeter Township Deputy Fire Chief Chris Jordan then presented a flag to Gill Morissette, a 36-year veteran of the department. A 1982 Exeter graduate, Gill has served as firefighter, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief during his firefighting career. He was chosen for this honor by the department for his service and dedication to the Exeter community, which he humbly accepted surrounded by fellow first responders and family.
To view a slideshow of today's ceremony, please click HERE.