Students to honor Palo Verde teacher

After the bell rings to start classes today at Palo Verde High School, many students, teachers and friends of Barbara Edwards will gather at the soccer field's flag pole to remember the popular foreign language teacher, who died when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon 11 years ago.

Palo Verde's seniors were in the first grade at the time. Many of the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who have since fought in the wars against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq were only starting high school or in their late teens on Sept. 11, 2001.

To recognize their service and that of millions of others from past wars, Las Vegas Elks Lodge No. 1468 will dedicate an 8-by-12-foot engraved Veterans Memorial boulder at 10 a.m., in front of the lodge at 4100 W. Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony will be on hand to dedicate the memorial that organizers say "will serve as a reminder about the valiant men and women who have served this country."

The 500-member lodge is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and services for children and veterans in need.

The group has raised nearly $200,000 for those purposes in the past three years and more than $4 million since 1935 for local charities.

Simultaneous with the Veterans Memorial dedication, Clark County will host a ceremony commemorating the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The 10 a.m. public ceremony at the county government center's amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, will feature speakers from local police and fire departments and other agencies.

"It is important for our community and our nation to honor those innocent lives taken 11 years ago," Clark County Commission Chairwoman Susan Brager said in a statement.

"This is a time to remember the courage shown by those who faced tragic situations on Sept. 11, 2001, and appreciate the freedoms that we all enjoy."

County Fire Chief Bertral Washington also offered his thoughts.

"On September 11th, we remember those we lost and reflect on the impact that morning had on all of us.

"That day made us all look again at how we trained for and responded to emergencies, and we are better prepared today to deal with any emergency that confronts us," Washington said.

Contact reporter Keith Rogers at or 702-383-0308.