Most students at Phoenix Charter School were not yet born when the terrorist attacks happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
For Mike Eakin and other members of VFW Post No. 2468, Wednesday’s ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of 9/11 was an opportunity to honor those who died and teach about an important day in history.
Eakin gave a presentation followed by a demonstration of the proper folding of the American flag by Dana Foley and Joe Wouters — including what each of the 13 folds represents.
With the flag flying at half-staff, about 100 students gathered around the flag pole in front of the school as Eakin talked about the 2,977 who died from the attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
He paused for a moment of silence to remember the victims.
“We honor them and we pledge never ever to forget them,” Eakin said.
Foley, one of three Vietnam veterans who led the observance, said it’s valuable to talk to the students and remind them what sacrifices have been made to preserve freedom.
“I think it’s a good thing to come out to the schools and talk about what actually happened 18 years ago,” Foley said. “I think it’s a stepping stone and it’s history now, overall I think it’s a good thing.”
Sean Strickland, a GED teacher at Phoenix, said it was a great opportunity for the students to hear from veterans who have made the sacrifice for their country.
“Things like this, I think, drive it home because things are comfortable, the students haven’t seen things like previous generations, I think it’s good for them,” Strickland said.
Phoenix Charter School Principal Brandy Osborn said there is great value in having the former soldiers talking to the students.
“I think it’s really important since a lot of them weren’t even born yet (when 9/11 happened), that they see these gentlemen that have served,” Osborn said. “Some of our students want to join military branches, and this is just one piece that they need to see the importance of, and why we’re celebrating and honoring people this day.”
More than a month has passed and Sean and Madison Moss are still missing.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the disappearance and is asking anyone with information to contact law enforcement, according to Brad O’Dell, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Sean Moss, 29, and his 2-year-old daughter, Madison, were reported missing the morning of Aug. 12 after family members had expected to meet them at the Douglas County Fair two days prior, O’Dell said.
Both were last seen by Sean Moss’ coworker on the evening of Aug. 9.
Moss is described as 5-foot-9 inches tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has scars from his chin to his waistline and has a full-back tattoo and a left-arm tattoo that reads “Lilly.”
Madison is described as 3 feet tall, 25 pounds with curly brown hair. She has one green and one hazel eye.
Moss drives a dark green Chevrolet Trailblazer with front-end damage on the right side of the bumper with an Oregon plate 549-DBU.
In August, O’Dell said the sheriff’s office had spoken with a number of friends and family but still didn’t have any information about Sean and Madison Moss’ whereabouts.
“Please be vigilant and report any information you believe to be important to this case, O’Dell said at the time.
Madison was entered into the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children database, and the case was also featured on “Live PD,” a national cable show on A&E on Aug. 23.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 541-440-4458.
A Roseburg man was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually abusing a woman with disabilities at the Motel 6 in Roseburg, according to the Roseburg Police Department.
Police were called to the motel on Friday afternoon by a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted by David James Herron, 39, a few days before.
The woman said she had met Herron while smoking in front of the motel. Later, while she was eating at Shari’s, Herron entered the restaurant and sat at her table, according to police. Herron asked what room the woman was staying in and later went to the room where the woman and her friend were staying, according to court documents.
Herron, who said he was a traveling minister, began preaching about God and eventually made the woman’s friend so uncomfortable that he left the room, according to police.
Soon after, Herron moved himself onto the bed where the woman was and started asking her “uncomfortable questions about her sexual preferences,” according to court documents.
The woman told police Herron then sexually abused her and said she tried to stay calm because she likely wouldn’t have been able to defend herself due to her disabilities, according to court documents.
In an interview with police, Herron initially denied having any sexual contact with the woman, but later told police the sexual interaction had been consensual and that the woman had been the “aggressor.”
He also told police there isn’t another reason to invite someone back to a room other than to engage in sexual activity, according to court documents.
Herron was arrested on suspicion of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.