Many AHSAA member schools are marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy with special salutes honoring the heroes and victims of that horrible event plus the current local community heroes that sacrifice every day for the good of others.
Schools reporting such plans are listed below. Other schools wishing to have their salutes included should email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AHSAA expresses appreciation to our schools for their outward display of gratitude and to the many heroes who serve our communities and our nation so sacrificially.
Bob Jones High School: We held our military appreciation night Sept. 2 because our football team will be on the road this week. We had fireworks at various times during the game and an Army team parachuted in with the game ball in the pre-game ceremonies. We also had some interactive exhibits set up prior to the game for kids and we had dinner for veterans prior to the game. Veterans also participated with game captains in the coin toss. The band played a military tribute with fireworks at halftime.
Jason Pitts, Assistant Football Coach, Bob Jones High School
Shoals Christian School: Since we were going to be on the road on Sept. 9, we had a program on Sept. 2 at our home game with Vina. Representatives from the Woodmen of the World made a presentation that night. At the conclusion of the third quarter, new flags were presented to both schools which are to be flown at their respective schools . As the public address announcer explained the significance of the ceremony, spectators stood as two SCS students lowered the stadium flag which will be retired. It was a memorable event.
Tom Hughes, Shoals Christian School Headmaster
Sweet Water High School: Plans are to honor our local heroes during halftime of Thursday’s home game with St. Luke’s Episcopal. We are going to have our local heroes on the field during halftime and have a short program to honor them.
Stan Stokley, Principal, Sweet Water High School
Clay County High School: Will honor the nation’s fallen heroes and victims of Sept. 11 with a flag-lowering ceremony at the end of the third quarter of Friday night’s home game with Leeds.
Billy Walker, Principal, Clay County High School
Eufaula High School: Will be honoring all military (active, reserve, retired) personnel and local law enforcement, medics, etc. with our annual Patriot Day Ceremonies. This day-long recognition begins with a special program in front of Eufaula High School at 7:45 a.m. and concludes with special recognition during our home football game against Tallassee Friday night.
Steve Hawkins, Principal, Eufaula High School
Kinston High School: The Kinston football team has been wearing the small decal flags on the back of their helmets since the season started. This is in reference to Sept.11. We also plan to make a Sept. 11 warm-up line with the players during pre-game Friday night (at Pleasant Home). This is a time all of us should show our gratitude and appreciation for the victims and their families during this time. I will also be addressing the team about the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. Some were small children and really might not grasp just how devastating this event was to our great country.
Jason Wambles, Head Football Coach, Kinston High School
Glencoe High School: Glencoe High School will honor and acknowledge the heroes and victims of September 11 prior to kickoff with a few words and a moment of silence.
Charlton Giles, Glencoe High School Principal
Hoover High School: Hoover High School plans to recognize its Fire Department and Police Department personnel. Hoover's Chief of Police and Fire Chief will be part of the ceremonial coin toss prior to Hoover's home game with Oak Mountain. All the city's police and firefighters in attendance will be honored right before the National Anthem.
Myra Miles, Hoover High School Athletic Director
Guntersville High School: Prior to the kickoff of our Sept. 9 game with Butler, we plan to have a moment of silence in honor of the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001.
John Richey, Guntersville HIgh School Principal
Pleasant Home High School: The student council will be making a presentation prior to the football game at home Friday night against Kinston and will then release some red, white and blue balloons.
Debbie Godwin, Pleasant Home High School Bookkeeper
Shades Mountain Christian School: We plan to honor our firemen and policemen by having them participate in the lowerinf of the American Flag at the end of the third quarter of our game Sept. 9.
Joel Dunn, Shades Mountain Athletic Director
Scottsboro High School: At our first home game on September 9 against Southside-Gadsden we are doing a couple of things. The Scottsboro High School Family and Consumer Sciences group will be having a balloon release for the disaster victims within the state, specifically North Alabama. This was a fundraising event to help “Respond, Rebuild and Recover” from the April 27 tornado devastation. We also will have a brief statement in memory of those who lost their lives, a blessing for those who were injured but survive, and a statement to honor all those firemen, policemen, first responders, EMTs and medical personnel who risked their lives for our fellow citizens and for doing this on a daily basis. We will also honor our military for defense of this great country. These recognitions will be followed by a moment of silence, then a student-lead prayer.
Larry Morris, Scottsboro Athletic Director
Mountain Brook High School: Prior to the game we will recognize and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States. There will be a moment of silence for all those who lost their lives on that horrible day and for those who have lost their lives in the defense of our country since that day. Then we will show our appreciation to those who continue to serve us every day as firefighters, police personnel, emergency medial technicians and current active duty or reserve military as well as any veterans who have recently served in the war on terror. This will be followed by The National Anthem and the school alma mater.
Vic Wilson, Principal, Mountain Brook High School
Alexandria High School: Homecoming is planned the week of the Sept. 12-16, so we will have an assembly on Monday, Sept. 12 (the week before to start our selection process for the Queen and her court). The theme of our homecoming is celebrating our past -- Alexandria High School is 92 years old this year – and at this assembly we will be showing a film about the air planes hitting the Twin Towers, our senior history teacher will talk about the events of Sept. 11, a local pastor will sing “I’m Proud to be An American (God Bless the USA)” and our school ensemble will sing our National Anthem and lead the Pledge of Allegiance to our U.S. Flag. This will be in conjunction with the introduction of our candidates for homecoming.
Ronald D.Chambless, Principal, Alexandria High School
Tuscaloosa County High School/Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School: Tuscaloosa County High School will be playing at Hillcrest. There will be a combined pregame show with both schools’ bands, color guards, dance lines, majorettes and cheerleaders participating together to remember Sept. 11.
Reba Caldwell, Principal, Tuscaloosa County High School