Mississippi Remembers 9-11

By: Garrett Sheehan
By: Garrett Sheehan

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that affected all generations. You can see it at schools like Meridian High. A geometry class is working on stars, but these recognize heroes.

"The kids have had better ideas than the teachers," said MHS math teacher Sherry Hatcher. "It's amazing walking around seeing how a simple ceremony has become so much. It's all because of the kids making this event great."

Meridian High School is calling Wednesday "Respect America Day." That spirit is showing up everywhere from outside, to inside the classroom.

"We learned about how the firefighters wrote their social security numbers on their arms, so they knew they may die," said Aquila Kursh, a sophomore. "It makes me feel like we have some great people in this country who care about us."

"It's such a tragedy and I feel bad about how many people were affected," said 11th grader, Jamie Duff. Wednesday morning all of the decorations and events build up to an 8:15 a.m. ceremony at Meridian High School.

From Philadelphia to Decatur, ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks will be held throughout our viewing area tomorrow. At 8:30 a.m., Northeast Middle School in Lauderdale County will hold a memorial. At city hall in Newton, local pastors will gather at 9 a.m. to pray and remember those lost.

A prayer service will be held at 12 p.m. on the courthouse lawn in Dekalb and the Citizen’s Bank in Decatur is hosting a reception for firefighters, policemen and other officials.

Bonita Lakes Mall is hosting a memorial at 5:30 p.m., and the local ceremonies will be wrapped up at Ray Stadium as students from around the area will gather for a special prayer service.


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