Selma observes Sept. 11

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 12, 2003

It has been two years since terrorists attacked innocent citizens on U.S. soil.

Time has slowly eased our pain over what happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, but the events that took place that day will be something Americans will never forget.

On the anniversary of the attacks, school children and citizens of Selma participated in moments of silence and prayer in remembrance of those who perished in the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

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The first of these gatherings took place around the flag pole at the U.S. Post Office.

Post Office supervisor Carol Jones said the employees wanted to have some way to show their support for the government and honor those who had died.

The short ceremony began around 9 a.m. with two short prayers.

Postal workers Val Walter and Chris Melton sang spirituals before those congregated around the flag pole returned to work.

Later on that morning, several Selma City schools participated in various anniversary activities.

Selma High School students paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks with a Air Force Junior ROTC exercise around the campus flag pole.

As the AFJROTC color guard hoisted the U.S. flag up the pole the band and choir performed patriotic music.

There were also representatives from the Selma Police and Fire Departments present during the ceremony.

Peterson said it took a lot of effort from the students and staff to make the morning ceremony a success, and he believed they did a excellent job.

A little after noon yesterday, it was Knox Elementary’s turn to have a short moment of silence on school grounds.

The young students held U.S. flags in their hands as three fourth graders, Sa’quera Malone, Shantisha Trone and Joy Allen, read poems they had written about their memories of that day two years ago.

Some other city schools who held short remembrance ceremonies on Thursday were Clark Elementary School, Meadowview Elementary School and Byrd Elementary School.

Students at Clark and Byrd held a moment of silence around their campus flag pole.

Those at Meadowview commemorated the date with activities such as writing letters to local firefighters, police officers and the hospital. The young students also sent art work to a military camp in Iraq.

While some of the younger students may not remember what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, these ceremonies will help them remember what U.S. soldiers are fighting for.