Students at Jack Elementary to honor namesake, those lost in 9/11 attacks on 15th anniversary

Jack Elementary School fourth and fifth graders sing the National Anthem with high school singers before the John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee football game special tribute for 9/11 Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Students at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School will honor the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday.

The school has hosted a memorial service each year since it opened in 2007.

This will mark the first year the ceremony will be student-led.

The fifth-grade class will lead the school and military family members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence before lowering the flags to half staff. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

The school is named for Tyler native Dr. Bryan C. Jack, who died in the attacks.

Dr. Jack worked at the Pentagon, and was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed at the Pentagon.

Dr. Jack was a 1970 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.

He was the director of the Programming and Fiscal Economics Division in the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Department of Defense.

Any military family members wishing to attend the memorial service should call Melanie Thomas at 903-262-3260.

Andrew Brosig contributed to this report.

- Cory McCoy

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