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East Texans gather to remember

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - There were September 11th memorials all across East Texas, Friday. Hubbard Middle School had a pep rally in honor of Patriot Day. The band and choir performed, and students were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue. The students said they were too young to know what was happening in 2001, and that's why events like they held Friday are important.

"It's very real to me now," said Ally Wheeler, an eighth grader. "Then it was something like a disaster fairy tale. I didn't know what was going on but, now, it's pretty frightening that it could happen, and happen again."

It helps people realize that don't know about it, and everybody needs to know about it so they can appreciate it," said Dakota Hauk, an eighth grader.

The students and teachers also donated money, with the proceeds going to local firefighters' MDA fund. And, at the Angelina County Courthouse as part of a national movement called "Awakening in America", the United Pentecostal Church organized an event for people to come pray together. They prayed for the lives that were lost as well as the future of America.

"This brings us together," said Jim McReynolds, a Texas State Representative. "It doesn't divide us, and we need more of that in this state and in this country."

In New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field, 3,017 people were killed, and almost 6300 were injured.

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