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