PARIS – Oxford Hill Christian School, through the efforts of Marybeth Hoover and Becky Leland, presented a program on Sept. 9 for Never Forget 9-11.

The two attended a Young America Conference in Virginia in July. Later, they received material about doing a program for Never Forget 9-11. They sent for packages and received bumper stickers and pins.

They thought they would also receive the 3,000 flags to put out, but those were not free. They cost $500 or more. The girls had already approached the school for permission to do the project at the school.

They spent three days at Wal-Mart collecting donations to buy the flags and send boxes to the men and women from the area in Iraq. They made enough to buy 3,000 flags and for postage.

On Sept. 9 a program was held at the South Paris Baptist Church. The program consisted of a few words about 9-11 by both girls, a poem by Becky Leland and “Taps” by Pastor Eric Hanson. Daughters of Union Veterans National President Lesley Dean spoke on being a patriot and patriotism.

Everyone then went to Moore Park where a fire truck from South Paris, one from Woodstock and Tri-Town Ambulance were waiting. After a few words by Hoover, the firetrucks and ambulance blew their sirens and horns and 3,000 flags were put out around the gazebo.


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