On September 11, 2017 Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) honored and remembered our fellow Americans with our annual Patriot Day/Constitution Day ceremonies held on our Prestonsburg, Pikeville and Mayo campuses.
Patriot Day is a day of remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and in Shanksville, Penn. that killed 2,977 people.
“We remember those who perished that day and pay tribute to the first responders who put their lives on the line for us each day. We also incorporate celebrating Constitution Day which allows us the freedoms we have.” said Dr. Tony Newberry, Interim President at BSCTC
Representatives from several local departments and guests attended including Allen Volunteer Fire Department, Auxier Volunteer Fire Department, Air Evac Life Team, Cow Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad, Healthnet Aeromedical Services, Job Corps, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Big Sandy Chapter 18 D.A.V., Kentucky State Police Post 9, Paintsville Fire Department, Paintsville Police Department, Pikeville Police Department, Pikeville Fire Department, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Prestonsburg Fire Department, Martin Fire Department, Middle Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Wayland Volunteer Fire Department, Toler Creek Volunteer Fire Department, TransStar Ambulance, Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon, Sheriff Dwayne Price, Rev Jeremy Estep, State Moderator – Kentucky Association of Free Will Baptist who assisted by reading the Preamble to the Constitution and 4th and 6th grade classes from Paintsville Elementary. The Big Sandy Singers and Band performed at each location and refreshments were provided at Pikeville and Prestonsburg locations by Cash Express.
Guest speakers included SGT. Randal C. Hackney, Senior Administrative NCO for 1st BDE 94th DIV HHC out of Charleston, Les Varney faculty, Dr. Donald Barlow faculty, and Judge John David Preston.
As their families remember those lost daily, we will stand together on the anniversary of 9-11 to show one and all, We will Never Forget.