Monte Vista Elementary School in Ahwatukee last Friday held a Patriot Day Assembly to commemorate the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Western Pennsylvania 15 years ago and to honor people who are serving or have served in the U.S. military.

The assembly included a visit by a fire engine company courtesy of Mike Sanders, a Phoenix firefighter and a Monte Vista parent.

Besides special patriotic songs they learned about from music teacher Brenda Mulkey, the students also got to see a flag and certificate that was given to Monte Vista Principal Suzanne Ramundo by Tech Sgt. Ron Blodgett.

Blodgett, also a Monte Vista dad, had been stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was able to obtain a flag that the Flying Tigers flew on Sept. 11, 2013, in honor of the terror attack victims and first responders.

The same flag was aboard an Air Force A-10 fighter aircraft during an Afghanistan combat mission and Blodgett obtained it and a certificate signed by the pilot.

The certificate states, "This American Flag was flown on 11 September 2013 in honor of the Monte Vista Mountain Lions."

Blodgett later presented the flag and certificate to the school.

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