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Bronxville School Pays Tribute to Victims and Heroes of 9/11

Members of the senior class, administrators and faculty members paid their respects to the victims and heroes who lost their lives on 9/11 during a memorial tribute on Sept. 12. The student-run and organized ceremony featured student reflections, a poetry reading and performances by the high school chorus as the school commemorated the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

President of the Student Faculty Legislature Aidan Flannery, a senior and co-organizer of the ceremony, said he and his Class of 2017 classmates wanted to honor the thousands of people who lost their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93, and the hundreds of first responders who died as a result of their rescue efforts.

“It is important that we memorialize the events that happened 15 years ago,” Flannery said. “We cannot forget. This tradition of remembering these tragedies needs to continue as a way to show respect for the victims.”

For the last two years, social studies teachers Chris Doyle and Steve Klurfeld have taken their U.S. History students on a trip to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where students heard the voices of those who were trapped in the buildings, saw artifacts recovered from the rubble that day, such as a pair of shoes and the crushed remains of a fire truck, and learned the timeline of events.

“Not only was I able to learn about the events of that tragic day, I was also able to connect on a deeper emotional level, which allowed me to have a better understanding of how that day changed the history of our country,” said senior Lilly Harbin. Hearing the story of a young passenger on Flight 93 who attacked the terrorists in the cockpit once he realized his plane had been hijacked, affected Harbin. “It takes a real hero to accept his fate and decide to save the lives of others by risking his own.”

The memorial ceremony also included reflections from Senior Class President Tommy Maldonado, a poetry reading by senior Grace Stephens and a message from Doyle, who remembered two close friends he lost in the attacks.

“The pain of 9/11 will never fade, and neither will the respect, honor and love for those who survived and those who lost their lives,” Harbin said.

The tribute concluded with the chorus performing “900 Miles,” led by choral director Pamela Simpson.

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