Douglas School District honors victims affected by 9-11

BOX ELDER, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Hundreds of students from the Douglas School District payed their respects to all those affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept.11, 2001, during their Annual Freedom Walk.

Around 1,000 students from all grade levels, as well as staff, walked a lap around their track at Patriot Stadium being led by the Douglas ROTC Color Guard. After the Pledge of Allegiance was a said, the special guest speaker Col. Eric Hresko, the vice-commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, gave a speech about patriotism and what it means to him. He also talked about how 9-11 not only changed his life but how the tragic day changed the course of nation.

"It's important for people to understand what we became and how we adapted and overcame to the terrible things that on 9-11 and how as a country we have grown," said Hresko. "You know this is really about educating the young folks and the next generation. You know my generation and your generation, we have done our bit but it's going to be the young folks who are just growing up today who are relay going to be around to bring our nation forward and continue on that forward path."

The 2018 Freedom walk concluded with the playing of the song "God Bless the USA."