Children add special voice to Havelock's 9/11 observance

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Paul Arnold, of Newport, takes a private moment to reflect Wednesday morning at the 9/11 Memorial in Havelock on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 13:55 PM.

Most of the children in attendance at Wednesday’s 9/11 observance were not even born when America was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

About 200 children from three area schools joined 100 others at the 9/11 Memorial in Havelock for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment 12 years ago that the first hijacked airliner struck the World Trade Center in a terrorist attack on the nation.

Despite not being alive when the attacks happened, the older students in the crowd seemed to have settled on a meaning of this day of remembrance.

“It’s a day of solidarity for the nation and we need to celebrate it together,” said Taylor Gray, an eighth-grader from Annunciation Catholic School in Havelock.

Gray said Wednesday was a day that the country needed to thank all of the firefighters and police officers, along with all the others, who died on that fateful day. She also said all of the servicemen and women who have died during the war on terror that has gone on since the attacks needed to be recognized as well.

Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus spoke briefly as a bright sun warmed those attending the observance.

“We should never ever forget that event that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001,” Cyrus told the crowd.



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