By Lindy Keyser

Special to the Press

Patriot Day in Prosper was respectively commemorated with the city’s flags hung at half-mast and its citizens adorned in red, white and blue.

At the Prosper Fire Department, 343 small flags waved across the property in honor of the 343 fire fighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The department held a small ceremony Wednesday morning and a beam from the World Trade Center was parked on a trailer in the parking lot throughout the week.

On the other side of town, patriotic music filled the halls of Prosper High School. Students dressed in stars and stripes of the country’s colors watched a memorial video during their lunch break and shared sentiments on a banner hung in the foyer of the school. While the majority of the teens had little recollection of 9/11, they were touched by the stories of their family and friends.

At the elementary and middle schools, teachers and administrators explained the gravity of Patriot Day to children who were not yet born when the country fell victim to a terrorist attack. Students at Folsom Elementary gathered for an early morning assembly where they recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the National Anthem and recognized veterans and first responders who were in attendance.

"Our students displayed the utmost respect at our Patriot Day assembly," said Principal Laine Jones. "I fought back the tears when I heard them recite the Preamble of the Constitution and then the overwhelming applause for our distinguished guests."