Thousands fill Patriot Stadium wearing red, white and blue

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Over 2,900 students and faculty members from Douglas School District filled Patriot Stadium, showing their patriotism on Sept. 11.

Students and staff walked to the stadium pridefully completing one lap around the track while showing off their American pride as the B-1 Bombers flew overhead.

The Douglas ROTC Color Guard led the procession with every student following behind. The walk honored those who lost their lives, the families of the victims, as well as the survivors of Sept. 11, 2001.

Jaden Huffman, a first-grade student from Francis Case Elementary School explained what Freedom Day means to him.

"We made a red, white and blue hat, because it was Freedom Day today and it represents our world," Huffman said.

Douglas Superintendent Alan Kerr said the district is especially patriotic being next to the Ellsworth Air Force Base.

"It's nice that we can have a celebration for all the people that contribute to the United States, the military and their families,” Kerr said. “We're really obviously patriotic because we're right next to a base. But it's nice to see it. And it's amazing to get the whole K-12 population together.”

Chief Master Sgt. Adam Vizi from Ellsworth Airforce Base also spoke to the audience, remembering the day the nation was attacked.

The district has held the Freedom Walk annually since 2002.

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