Elementary School Commemorates 9/11 with Colonel Hank Griffiths

Elementary School Commemorates 9/11 with Colonel Hank Griffiths

Air Force Colonel Hank Griffiths spoke to our elementary students today for Patriot Chapel, a commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Griffiths, a 25-year veteran of the Air Force and the first Air Force pilot to fly the F35, talked about what it means to be a Christian and a patriot.

It’s not just about wearing red, white, and blue and thanking our military personnel for their service,” said Griffiths. “It also means that we are actively praying for our country and its leaders.”

He emphasized that we are to honor those in authority over us and that we should pray for them, but ultimately, our citizenship is in heaven and God is our ultimate authority.

Griffiths also shared some interesting facts about our military:
• In World War II, you never heard people say “Thank you for your service” because everyone in the country was involved in the war effort. Everybody served.
• Today’s all-volunteer force represents less than half of one percent of the US population.
• Most people who serve in the military have a family member who has served before them.
• More than half of all military personnel hail from the states of New York, California, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas.

Colonel Hanks is currently serving at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he acts as a program director, acquiring war fighting equipment to be used in Afghanistan and Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries to fight the war on terror.

Thank you for speaking to our students today, Colonel Griffiths, and yes, thank you for your service!