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Local schools to commemorate anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 am

This year’s high school freshmen were barely walking when the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers fell and a plane crashed into the Pentagon 12 years ago today. Some middle schoolers weren’t even born yet.

Still, many will study the historic event by watching documentaries about brave survivors or listening to previously recorded TV newscasts lauding first-responders.

Ultimately, they may discuss how the attacks led to present-day anti-terrorism efforts, or how they affected the simple act of boarding an airplane.

Millswood Middle School

Millswood will commemorate the 9/11 terror attacks by flying flags flown at half-staff today. There will also be a moment of silence in all classrooms at 8:37 a.m.

Millswood Principal Sheree Flemmer said she decided to commemorate 9/11 because of President Barack Obama’s proclamation for all federal offices to display the American flag at half-staff and to observe a moment of silence to honor the victims who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Galt High School

Every year at Galt High, social science teacher Alex Bauer pays tribute to 9/11 through a PowerPoint description of the events, followed up with a video of the day’s events.

“We wrap up by discussing what has happened to U.S. foreign and domestic policy since that day and what we can or should do about the war on terror, (and) has the war of terror been successful?” he said. “We have interesting discussions on what constitutes a war and how we measure victory in the war of terror.”

Bauer recognizes the events of 9/11 are less raw today for students than it was for those in the earlyto mid-2000s. Still, he said, most students are eager to learn about that day./News-Sentinel Staff Writer Ross Farrow contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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