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Remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eight years ago, our country witnessed one of its greatest tragedies.

That morning, Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be etched in the minds of many.

On Friday, several area schools, along with government agencies, have planned different morning activities in remembrance.

Events at Brazil City Hall will begin at 9 a.m., when firefighters will lower the American Flag at half staff. Those in attendance will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Common Council of the City of Brazil member Sam Glover will sing the National Anthem.

From there, Pastor Jake Raubuck will conduct the invocation and Brazil Firefighter Toby Archer will then speak.

Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer will perform at the event and William Houck will provide a closing prayer.

Several area schools also have planned events.

Jackson Township Elementary School Principal Jeff Fritz said the school has planned a red, white and blue day and teachers will also discuss the event with students in their individual classrooms.

"They go over the historical perspective of how it changed the nation, how it changed our country," Fritz said, adding the school has conducted the event since 2002.

"The first two or three years after (9/11), it hit home," Fritz said. "It seemed to be more of an event (students) could associate with."

Cumberland Academy Principal Lisa Showalter said the school's social studies teacher Jim Mitchell has been working on something to provide students Friday.

"We haven't decided on whether we're showing some kind of video, but it will take place during our 15-minute home room (period)," Showalter said. "We're definitely going to do something, but it's not set in stone."

In addition, Forest Park Elementary Principal Connie Cook said students and faculty will conduct a moment of silence in the morning, an act they always do prior to reciting the pledge.

Clay City Junior/Senior High School Principal Jeff Bell said the school will run a program on Clay City Television -- a student-run television station that airs programming during announcements in the morning. In addition, he said a handful of speeches are planned.

"We do something every year to remember it," Bell said.

Regarding the county level, Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said ideas have been discussed but nothing has been scheduled as of yet.

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