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Greenville Students observe 16th anniversary of 9-11 attack

GREENVILLE – On Monday, Sept. 11, a thousand students gathered outside, at the back of the new Greenville Elementary and Middle School, to observe the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Students were told about the planes that flew into the World Trade Centers in New York, the Pentagon in Northern Virginia and the one that crashed in Shanksville, Penn. As has been the tradition since the beginning of the observances, local first responders were honored for their service to the community.

Greenville Junior High Principal Chris Mortenson said this memorial ceremony had been observed by junior high students from the first year following the attacks. He said in 2016 he hoped to be able to involve Greenville intermediate (fifth and sixth) grade students once they were in the new building in 2017.

Over the years, fewer and fewer students were actually alive when the attacks took place. For the past three or four years, no student had been born at the time. He said he wanted to make sure they understood and remembered.

The 2017 ceremony involved all grades, K-8, at the new Greenville facility.

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