Olathe Public Schools Dedicates 9/11 Artifact

Sept. 11 artifact dedication at Olathe WestSept. 11, 2017 ~ This morning, Olathe Public Schools hosted students, staff, and community members for a heartfelt dedication of the 9/11 World Trade Center artifact that is housed outside of the 21st Century Public Safety Academy located at Olathe West High School.

The dedication featured KMBC news anchor Kelly Eckerman as master of ceremonies. Multiple speakers shared their 9/11 experiences, including Dr. Stephanee Evers, a physician at Olathe Health who spent time at Ground Zero on an Urban Search and Rescue task force deployed by FEMA. Olathe Chief of Police Steve Menke and Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid spoke on the roles of emergency first responders.

The Olathe Police Honor Guard presented the colors and the Pipe and Drum Corps performed during the dedication.

The Olathe Public Schools, the City of Olathe and the Olathe Police and Fire departments worked together to bring the artifact to Olathe West High School. The New York Port Authority granted Olathe one of the recovered steel beams from one of the Twin Towers. It is on permanent display in the commons at Olathe West High School.