By KRIS REILLY
When the flag was raised, you could hear a pin drop. Hundreds of local teens stood quietly as Lucerne Valley Middle/High School honored fallen heroes last week.
Local firefighters and the Big Bear Color Guard attended the Sept. 11 event at the campus, which memorialized the victims of the infamous terrorist attacks and military members who have died overseas — including one from Lucerne Valley.
“By now most of you, if not all of you, have recognized the newly repainted gym floor,” LVHS Principal Patricia Courtney said during the ceremony. “With the help of the boys basketball boosters and Champion Hardwood Floors we had the opportunity to recognize a former Mustang who proudly served for his country, Sgt. Brian L. Walker.”
Walker was an FFA officer and student-athlete at the school before graduating in 2005. He later joined the U.S. Army and was killed in combat in Afghanistan on May 13.
San Bernardino County Station 8 Firefighters lowered the school’s existing flag and were presented with a ceremonial flag by LVHS FFA officers. The new flag was raised as the national anthem played over the PA.
The color guard held the flag over a memorial for Walker, which featured FFA jackets, a class picture and flowers. The color guard’s bugler played “Taps,” and many in the crowd were visibly emotional as “Amazing Grace” closed the ceremony.