9/11 anniversary: St. Ignatius community honors heroes
ST. IGNATIUS – Local police, firefighters, emergency responders, and a soldier followed the Mission Valley Honor Guard onto the football field to honor the heroes of Sept. 11 during a ceremony before the Friday evening game.
The Mission Valley Honor Guard brings people together almost every year for the ceremony. Football players, referees, and spectators stood quietly while announcer Stuart Morton read a document from the Guard outlining the events of 9/11.
“Yes, 17 years and still counting since that dreadful day,” Morton read. “However, our shore and our soils have been protected since that historic event only through the efforts of the uniformed people in our country: the military men and women, the firemen and policemen and the many other professions that save lives every day and continue to keep our nation safe, and for this, we are thankful.”
Army Reserve soldier Paul Adams was with the lineup on the field. He was thanked for currently serving in the military. He graduated from Polson High School and lives in St. Ignatius with his family. He later watched his sons play for the Mission football team during the game.
Adams is being deployed to Kuwait in October. After 25 years in the military, Adams said he hopes to retire after he gets back from his fourth deployment.