Paying Tribute

Friday, September 11, 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on America.  Mineral Wells ISD students and staff will pay tribute to the victims and heroes of September 11th in a moment of silence that will be observed across the district.  We will pause to remember the nation’s grief in its losses, our pride in our resilient American Spirit, and reflect upon the freedoms of our democracy. 

House Bill 1501 that passed in the Texas Legislature requires that public schools provide for the observance of a minute of silence at the beginning of the first period of the school day to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.  The minute of silence may be held in conjunction with the regular minute of silence, but the bill also states that immediately before the period of observance, the class instructor "shall make a statement of reference to the memory of individuals who died on September 11, 2001."

Students at every grade level will hear an age-appropriate statement about the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. All classes will observe the state-mandated moment of silence.  Flags on campuses will fly at half-staff and the following statement, or something more age-appropriate for younger students, will be shared at Mineral Wells ISD. 

“Today is September 11th, and all over the nation, we pause today to remember an important day in the history of our country. Today we remember and we honor those who keep the country safe, and we reflect on the country’s resilience to overcome tragedy like that which occurred on September 11, 2001.

Today, on the14th anniversary of the date of this tragedy, the United States proudly remains the “home of the free and the land of the brave.” Remember today, that in spite of any difficulty or hardship, or tragedy, you are a positive force in our world.

In honor of the brave men and women who lost their lives on this day, we ask that you join with other students and staff members around the state as we invoke one minute of silence”.

We are so fortunate to live in a country that grants us incredible freedom.  Mineral Wells ISD will continue to be committed to ensuring every student is safe, secure and prepared to succeed.