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9/11/06-Tyler

Moore Middle School Remembers September 11th

As part of the September 11th remembrance, some East Texas middle school students were full of patriotism today. The teens at Tyler's Moore Middle school participated in a memorial service to honor the victims, families, law enforcement officers and the military.  At the ceremony, that also gave the student a chance to send messages of hope.

"They were so young when it happened they were probably 7 and 8 years old that this is something for them to remember and learn more about," says Stefanie Albright, Teacher at Moore Middle School.

Today more than 900 students and staff at Moore Middle School stood in the shape of the letters MMS to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9-11.  

"Each of us can help create a world free of terrorism by remembering the destructive power of hatred and by doing our best each day to treat us with caring and respect and dignity.  In memory of those lot their lives on September 11, 2001 let us pause for a moment of silence," says Senator Kevin Eltife, (R) Tyler.

After a moment of silence, Tyler's emergency response teams were recognized as well as our East Texas troops. Then, with messages of hope attached.  Each student released a balloon, the colors red, white and blue filled the sky.

"It said we still care and God bless," says Bianaca Tatum, 8th grader.

"I put God Bless America.  Because God still blesses America even though we did suffer that tragic event.  It was awesome that the US Army people came and shared this moment with us," says Trai Griffin, 8th grader.

"It brought a tear to my eye, it is something we appreciate," says Joseph Jennings with US Army.

"I think this is so important for the kids.  Number 1 they know what patriotism is about and understand that men and women are protecting them around the world," says Dr. David Simmons, Superintendent for Tyler Independent School District.

Dr. Simmons says he also hopes the teens will remember what happened 5 years ago today, as well as focus on a peaceful future.

After the ceremony, a "Tree of Life" was dedicated in honor of our local emergency response teams and armed forces.  Each law enforcement officer was given a patriotic ornament, from the "Tree of Life".

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com 

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