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Remembering September 11

Remembering September 11
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     challenging words:    pavers, phlox, tri-state, vigil, tribute, memorial, cases, candlelight, Fundraisers, terrorist, lavender, surrounding, entire, unique, crashed, forever
     content words:    United States, Twin Towers, New York City, World Trade Center, Ground Zero, New York, New Jersey, York City, Rockland County, Greg Sikorsky

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Remembering September 11
By Jennifer Kenny

1     September 11, 2001, will forever be a sad day in the history of the United States. The terrorist attacks knocked down the Twin Towers, crashed a plane in Pennsylvania, and plunged a plane into the Pentagon. These attacks killed thousands of people.
2     In the hours following the attacks, people were glued to the television for information. They hoped and prayed for survivors. They reached out to friends and family. Many turned to their faith and came together in churches and synagogues to pray. Many people close to the locations of the attacks volunteered to help out. In some cases, those from far away came, too. Fundraisers began across the nation to raise money to help the victims and their families.
3     In the months following the attacks, many funerals were held to mourn individuals who lost their lives in the attacks. On the six-month anniversary, two bright lights pierced through the New York City sky to mark the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center. This event was called the "Tribute in Light." On the first anniversary of the attacks, the entire country watched a special ceremony at the site of Ground Zero that was broadcast on national television.
4     As time passed, individuals came together in many communities for special memorials. What is a memorial? A memorial is anything meant to help people remember a person or event. Many such memorials have been created in the tri-state area. The tri-state area is New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. New York City is a major commercial area. While many of the victims lived in the city, many others lived in the tri-state area. Some of the people who lost their lives were policemen, firemen, financial workers, and other business people. Many of them lived in the towns surrounding New York City and commuted, or traveled between work and home, each day. Many of the victims' hometowns have struggled with the best way to honor their residents.
5     Many local schools share a moment of silence on September 11 each year. Some include the ringing of school bells as well. Counselors are available to speak with students and staff members on this day. Some schools also lower the flag. Many churches and synagogues hold special memorial gatherings each September 11. Some communities, like Orangetown, New York, hold a candlelight vigil at the town hall.

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