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LAFAYETTE – Agri Science students at Inspire Academy in LaFayette took time from their normal curriculum this week to honor and remember those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on American citizens. The names of each victim have been written in colored chalk on the sidewalks surrounding the Academy campus.


            “None of these kids were even born in 2001, and the only perspective they have comes from what they see and read in recorded history,” said Agri Science instructor Jordan Harris. “I was just a nine-year-old fourth-grader myself, but I will never forget that day as long as I live.”


            “We wanted to give our students the experience of realizing on a personal level how devastating this event was in terms of lives lost,” Harris added. “They were each given a list of names and a piece of chalk, and by physically writing the names of those who died, it really showed them the full impact of that day.”


            Almost 3,000 people were killed when a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft and used them as human-laden missiles. Two were intentionally flown into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City, one struck the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fourth plane was overtaken by passengers during the hijacking event and crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.


            This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the attacks, and memorial services will be conducted locally and across the nation on Saturday, September 11, 2021.


By David Bell

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