Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Pasco

Gulf High School commemorates 9/11 with solemn ceremony

Students, faculty, parents and special guests gathered to remember the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
Navy JROTC Cadets Tiffany Samson, Elizabeth Stacey and Emily Stacey prepare to raise the flag during a 9/11 commemoration ceremony held Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Gulf High School in New Port Richey. [MICHELE MILLER | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 11

NEW PORT RICHEY — It’s a matter of course and honor for cadets in the Navy JROTC program to raise the stars and stripes on school mornings at Gulf High School.

Wednesday’s flag raising, held at a little after 8 a.m., was a solemn gathering. It was attended by those who remember and others who weren’t born yet, but who grew up in the shadow of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks,

Navy JROTC Cadet Jacqueline Nguyen carries the flag during a special 9/11 commemoration ceremony held Wednesday morning at Gulf High School in New Port Richey. [Michele Miller]

Cadets stood at attention in full dress, awash in the morning light, as the school band played The National Anthem. There was a benediction, brief words of remembrance, then a Passing the Flag ceremony.

Gulf High NAVY JROTC Cadets Ember Winans, Sara Bolick and Elias Montalvo participate in a Flag Passing Ceremony during a special commemoration held Wednesday, on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [Michele Miller]


Finally, the American flag was raised to half staff as band director William Rutherford lifted his trumpet and played Taps.

Cadets in the Gulf High Navy JROTC program participate in a special 9/11 commemoration ceremony held Wednesday at the New Port Richey school. [MICHELE MILLER | Michele Miller]



ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Homeowner Cheryl Murdoch, 59, explains the workings of the Philips Smart Mirror in her bathroom. Murdoch and her husband live in the Epperson neighborhood in Wesley Chapel, home of the Crystal Lagoon, where some residents are piloting new health technologies inside their homes. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    In Pasco’s Crystal Lagoon community, AdventHealth and Metro Development Group are testing in-home technology aimed at keeping people away from the hospital.
  2. Lilly Beth Rodriguez, left, Laura Robertson and Linda Lamont work on a Habitat for Humanity house in north Pasco. [Times (2013)]
    The increase is expected to happen in the first half of next year. CEO hopes other nonprofits follow suit.
  3. The number of single-family homes sold in the Tampa Bay area during August rose 2.8 percent when compared with the same month last year, according to a monthly report from Florida Realtors. (Times file photo)
    The midpoint price in the bay area rose to $250,000, which is still lower than the state and national median prices.
  4. William Mendenhall, 43, is facing charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault against a pregnant woman. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
    William Mendenhall, 43, faces charges of aggravated domestic battery and assault against a pregnant woman.
  5. Neighbors had objected to the Lago Verde mine in north-central Pasco and then the adjoining Seven Diamonds LLC mine for the past seven years. The Seven Diamonds mine is now adding 60 additional acres to increase in size by one-fifth.
    The Seven Diamonds LLC mine is adding 60 acres, increasing in size by one-fifth.
  6. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  7. Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff Writer
    The proposal is short on details, with officials saying they want to work through specifics during negotiations.
  8. Pedro Davila, 27, was arrested in Pasco County three weeks after he robbed a New York City jewelry store, authorities said. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    Pedro Davila was taken into custody on a rural stretch of roadway, three weeks after he and two others held up a store, authorities said.
  9. Mitchell High School junior Noah Denny addressed the New Port Richey City Council several times since February regarding his ideas for a plastic straw ban in the city. James Denny
  10. Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes
    The board’s 2019-20 budget totals $1.39 billion.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement