A field of patriotism at Southwest Middle School

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The Southwest Middle School and Corral Drive Elementary campus was a sea of red, white and blue the morning of Sept. 11.

Students marched to Southwest’s football field in honor of those who lost their lives in the events of Sept. 11, 2001, celebrating and recognizing local first responders and military personnel.

Students created banners and waved flags and signs as the school’s drumline performed. The national anthem was also played prior to a presentation by school administrators and military personnel.

Corral Drive Elementary School Principal Kyle Yamada said that it gives the schools an opportunity to educate students about the events that occurred before they were even born.

"We want them to feel what it means to be an American,” Yamada said. “None of our kids were born in 9/11 so it's interesting to think back. We all knew where we were when we heard about the events happening. So it's our job to - as educators - to teach them. And again we want to create this atmosphere of thanks, this atmosphere of remembrance."

This is the third year the elementary and middle school have teamed up to honor local law enforcement, the military and the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center, 16 years ago..

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