Gordon Elementary School commemorated its 10th anniversary with a ceremony April 3, in the school’s cafetorium. The ceremony, “Celebrating 10 Years of Extraordinary Academics,” included remarks by principal Dr. Lisa McGee, songs by students, essay readings of grade level contest winners, and a rendition of the “ABCs of Gordon.”

Gordon Elementary School is named in honor of Master Sgt. Gary Ivan Gordon who was one of 18 U.S. Army Special Forces troops killed in a firefight with militiamen in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993.

In addition to students and staff, the ceremony was attended by Department of Defense Education Activities Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent Dr. Donato Cuadrado, and former interim Principal Dr. Mary Majors.

A commemorative quilt was made to present to Gordon’s widow, however, she was unable to attend the event. The quilt will be sent to her along with the respect and admiration of students, staff and community members for her husband’s sacrifice.