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LeTourneau hosts emotional 9-11 memorial

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - In Longview, an emotional memorial was held for all who perished in the 9-11 attacks. Longview police , firefighters, and the LeTourneau university student body came together to mark this weekend, a time of loss and sacrifice, a time that changed us all.

"Today was the start of observances and the goal is to make sure this doesn't become another day on a calendar just another fact in a history book for our students we want them to know its real, real people died that day," says LeTourneau university president Dale Lundsford.

Many openly cried as they relived the images of the attacks on New York and Washington D.C.

"We need to remember what we've gone through how we can be united," says senior student Chrystal Krause.

"This event we'll never forget not because of the attacks but because of the first responders and servicemen who actually dropped everything on the spot and served, that's how we're going to remember it," says student Nathan Sumrall.

"The students here, I've heard people say I've heard people say it was lost on them because they were too young to understand, but they come up to me with tears in their eyes, it not lost on them , they understand they know what America is and what America needs to remain," says LeTourneau police chief Terry Turner.

2977 flags, bearing the names of those lost in 9-11, were placed on the campus lawn, and the bell tower tolled every ten seconds. 2-thousand -9-hundred-77 times. It has come to define who we are, something that will always be in our consciousness.

"Today was a day to teach a lesson and I think we did that very well," says Lundsford.

To remember the victims of 9-11, the bell at LeTourneau's tower rang once every ten seconds, for eight hours.

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