Locust Valley High School/Middle School is home to a new and improved September 11th memorial. The flagpole in front of the school has been adorned with beautiful landscaping which has enhanced the memorial and plaque memorializing the victims of 9/11.

Social Studies Chairperson David Ethe took his Participation in Government class to the memorial where they learned the patriotic art of properly folding the American flag. Students took turns as one would read the specific directions, while two other students folded the flag to form a tri-cornered hat shape that represents colonial soldiers during the war for American independence.

The students then held a memorial service for the entire school with a reading by Mr. Ethe which stressed the importance of remembering what happened on September 11th, 2001. Following a moment of silence, Locust Valley High School Senior, Nick Parente, played “Taps” on the trumpet, and the Locust Valley High School Concert Chorale sang the Star-Spangled Banner.

“It is important for students to remember this tragic event and to commemorate those who died on September 11,” said Mr. Ethe. “We should draw strength from each other, and look ahead with hope.”

Students decorated the 9/11 memorial at the flagpole with flowers and American flags, and lined the student walkway from the parking lot with American flags and signs that read “Never Forget” reminding the student body as they arrived of the almost 3,000 Americans who died on September 11, 2001. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Locust Valley High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire visited the memorial site with the students.

On the high school hill, flags were also displayed to form a “9-11”, which could be seen from the entrance of the building as an additional reminder. High School junior Laura Doukas donated the flags used to decorate the memorial, the hill, and the student walkway.

The memorial is even more meaningful due to the contributions from community members. While the memorial was already a very special part of the school, the enhancements are representative of the value the district places on this site.

Walter J. Moretto, Inc. Mason Supply donated the pavers; Mario Fischetti Nursery donated the plants; and Locust Valley Central School District’s own Greg Stimola created the design and landscaping, as well as performing the construction necessary to enhance the memorial garden. The district is grateful and offers thanks to all who helped and contributed!