Northwest NEWS

September 16, 2002

Features

9/11 memorial service at the Duvall Christian School

by M. J. Trim
   DUVALLÐStudents in kindergarten through fourth grade, along with some parents and members of the community, attended a 9/11 memorial service during the students' chapel time.
   The service opened with the presentation of flags by Mr. Jerry Rosenfield and Mr. George Bertram of the Carnation branch of the American Legion. Pastor Chester Kwiat led the group in the singing of My Country 'tis of Thee and God Bless America.
   Principal Jacque Sims welcomed those in attendance and Director Penny Kwiat introduced Chaplain Martin Redman of the King County police and fire departments, who spoke to the assembly. Mr. Jeff Norris represented the Duvall Police Department.
   Chaplain Redman spoke briefly of his visit to Ground Zero a few days after the tragic events in New York City.
   He said he was overwhelmed as he rounded a corner and saw the massive amount of tangled metal. He had to step aside, lean against a wall and weep.
   While in New York he attended funerals and memorials for some of the victims. He described the sadness of people. However, when he told firemen he was from Seattle, they wanted to talk about the Mariners. They wanted a change from the sadness around them.
   The students were given an opportunity for questions. Asked, "What is a hero?" Chaplain Redman replied, "Firemen running into the building despite the danger, helping others."
   He also told the children that we always strive to feel safe. "On Sept. 10, 2001, we felt our freedom and since Sept. 11, 2001, people in charge of national security have tried to restore that to us. Policemen are here to look after us. When we fly in an airplane, security people are there for our safety."
   The children were given the assurance that God is always with us, no matter what is happening around us.
  
   Students in kindergarten through fourth grade, along with some parents and members of the community attended a 9-11 Memorial Service during the student’s chapel time. The service opened with the presentation of flags by Mr. Jerry Rosenfield and Mr. George Bertram of the Carnation branch of the American Legion. Pastor Chester Kwiat led the group in the singing of “My Country ‘tis of Thee” and “God Bless America.”
   Principal Jacque Sims welcomed those in attendance and Director Penny Kwiat introduced Chaplain Martin Redman of the King Country police and fire department, who spoke to the assembly. Mr. Jeff Norris represented the Duvall Police Department.
   Chaplain Redman spoke briefly of his visit to Ground Zero a few days after the tragic events in New York City. He said he was overwhelmed as he rounded a corner and saw the massive amount of tangled metal. He had to step aside, lean against a wall and weep. While in New York he attended funerals and memorials for some of the victims. He described the sadness of people. However, when he told fireman he was from Seattle, they wanted to talk about the Mariners. They wanted a change from the sadness around them.
   The students were given an opportunity for questions. Asked, "What is a hero?" Chaplain Redman replied, “Firemen running into the building despite the danger, helping others.”
   He also told the children that we always strive to feel safe. September 10, 2001 we felt our freedom and since September 11, 2001 people in charge of national security have tried to restore that to us. Policemen are here to look after us. When we fly in an airplane, security people are there for our safety. The children were given the assurance that God is always with us, no matter what is happening around us.