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Baker Middle School remembers 9/11

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Most people remember the exact time and place they were when the twin towers were struck by the hijacked planes 12 years ago. A Columbus Middle School remembered this historic anniversary at a special ceremony Wednesday morning.

At 8:45 am, around the time when the first plane hit the North tower of the World Trade Center. Students at Baker Middle School released red, white, and blue balloons in honor of those who lost their lives. An 8th grade student said he was only 1 year old when the planes struck but this day still had a big impact on his life.

"Seeing those videos of all those innocent people, it's hard to express honestly," said Gerry Scott.

Scott is a 13 year old student at Baker Middle School. He didn't have family in New York during the time, but his family was still affected by the terrorist attacks.

"My father, he was in the military himself, so through the following years I found myself separated from him," said Scott.

Many of the students who attend Baker Middle School were too young to remember the actual events of 9/11 but still wanted to honor the memory of the men and women who lost their lives.

"I'm just being an American citizen. Honoring those who died on that day even though they didn't deserved to," said Scott.

Jennifer Ryle, a 6th grade teacher at Baker, was in High School during the 9/11 attacks. Her husband was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom.

"That was the first deployment I had ever been to and my first experience with knowing someone who had deployed so it was difficult because I didn't understand everything that was going on," said Ryle.

But Ryle is proud of her husband and other soldiers who risked their lives to protect this country. Scott said his family will probably take a moment of silence at home this evening. He has this message for those who lost a loved one years ago.

"I just hope the best for you once again," said Scott.

Principal Tamura Magwood said the students came up with the idea to release the balloons in order to put a positive spin on a negative situation. She said she hopes her students learn to love their fellow man through the event Wednesday and during their time at Baker Middle School.

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