On the eve of the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on our country, the Chargers football team took the field to honor all first responders, military personnel, veterans, and police officers prior to their matchup against Old Forge. Spearheaded by head coach Jeff Arthur, the football team was greeted by our local heroes as senior captain Liam Misko led the team out on the field hoisting the American flag. The Chargers wore the Pennsylvania Army National Guard camouflage uniforms in honor of the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom. The military personnel, veterans, police officers, and first responders in attendance took to the field afterwards while a narrative about the events from that horrific day was read, followed by a moment of silence for all who lost their lives. Mr. Bruce Gordon, a Social Studies teacher at the Carbondale Area High School, wrote the narrative.
Mr. Gordon honorably served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and was on active orders and deployed during the Global War on Terror, missing over two school years serving our great Nation. “These fine young athletes and the Carbondale community make me so proud to have worn our Nation’s uniform,” Mr. Gordon stated. “We solemnly honored the Fallen so we will never forget the hometown heroes who gave their lives for the freedom and liberty we hold so dear as Americans.”
“Wearing the Pennsylvania National Guard camo jerseys was an honor to play in and to represent the men and women who fought for our country,” explained Liam Misko. “Carrying the American flag out on the field as our team followed behind me was an honor and a great feeling that I will never forget. I am proud to fly the symbol of this great country and play a sport that I love representing the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.”
The Carbondale Area School District honorably thanks the men and women who have served our country and sacrificed so much for what we have today. Your efforts will never be forgotten. #neverforget