On the 14th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Locust Valley school community came together for a memorial and to give back to those who sacrifice for our country.

Prior to the varsity football game, a memorial ceremony was held on Fred Smith field. Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund welcomed attendees with supportive and thankful words that she read on behalf of Board of Education trustee Susan Petersen Lubow. Ms. Lubow was instrumental in organizing the memorial ceremony and was unable to attend at the last minute as she was admitted to the hospital earlier that day. 

The Presentation of Colors was performed by the Locust Valley and Bayville American Legions. Students from elementary to middle school displayed a large American flag on the 50-yard-line during the ceremony. The talented Gupta brothers sang the National Anthem, which signaled the end of the ceremony and the start of the first varsity football game of the season.

A special half-time ceremony highlighted a fundraiser organized by the middle school last year, in which the entire district participated. Pajama days and bake sales were held to raise money to donate iPads to soldiers in order to allow them to communicate with their families. 

Middle school student government representatives and their advisors, Penny McElwain and Kathleen Reilly, presented ten brand new iPads to Mary Jo Termini of the iPads for Soldiers organization.  Kay Weninger of Operation Democracy joined the ceremony as she has been instrumental in bringing civic-minded events to the school district.

As the Falcons took the field to end their game, they brought even more pride to the community with a 28-7 win over West Hempstead.