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Palo Community Gathers to Honor Teacher in Annual Memorial Ceremony

Ms. Gail Fahy holds the honored flag in remembrance of her best friend, Barbara Edwards

by Michelle Trajtman, Alexandria Margo, and Joseph David

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On Monday, Sept. 11, students and faculty gathered at the Barbara Edwards Memorial at Palo Verde High School at the top of the soccer field to commemorate the sixteenth annual ceremony to recognize the legacy made by former teacher Barbara Edwards.

The ceremony began with ROTC corps commander Brittany Chambers giving a speech on the honor and memory of Ms. Edwards. Chambers has had the privilege of honoring Ms. Edwards for the fourth year consecutively. The Palo Chamber Choir then performed the national anthem.

“It’s humbling being able to gather so many people and go out there and perform for the ceremony,” states Co-President of the Choir, senior Dwight Jones.

Gail Fahy, Ms. Edward’s best friend, then proceeded to accept a folded up American flag in her honor.

“She could snap you out of a bad mood and she always made you feel so good. She was just wonderful,” states Fahy.

Like the horrific tragedy itself, Barbara Edwards will never be forgotten and her legacy as well as the legacies of all those with her will be carried on.

“[The memorial] is important for a lot of reasons, but the bottom line is that some of you were young, others were barely born, so unless we continue to honor Ms. Edwards, younger generations aren’t going to remember what it was about,” state’s principal Darren Sweikert.

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