Many of them were not alive on that Tuesday morning seven years ago, and most of those that were are unlikely to remember the events of that day, but Thursday morning, the students of Lime Street Elementary School took a moment to honor those who died on September 11, 2001.

"On that morning, we witnessed firefighters, police officers and ordinary citizens exhibit extraordinary courage," Assistant Principal Tom Kirk told the assembled students.

The Lime Street Bears, dressed in red, white and blue, all bowed their heads for a moment of silence.

The ceremony then moved on to honoring students' family members who serve, or had served, in the armed forces, in a kind of living Show and Tell session.

"I would like to introduce my brother, Brandon Mendez," said 4th grader Diego Mendez. "He was a Lance Corporal in the Marines for 3 years."

Other guests honored included parents and grandfathers, brothers, uncles and former teachers, in the Marines, army, National Guard and air force, and they served in wars from Korea to Iraq.

"Please thank our guests again for helping to protect our wonderful country," Kirk said, wrapping up.

The ceremony was rounded out with music, with the students singing portions of "God Bless America," "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "This Land is Your Land." The day's festivities were opened with a performance of the national anthem by Sultana High School senior Lauren Diaz, who performed this summer on the reality show "High School Musical: Get in the Picture."

"As this day goes by," Kirk told the students as the assembly concluded, "Remember what a great country we live in and how great it is to be an American."

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.