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9-11 remembered

Cary Ashby • Sep 12, 2018 at 2:00 AM

St. Paul High School senior Rachel Beat was a young child when the 9-11 terrorist attacks happened. As is the case with other teenagers, she is aware of the impact of that tragic day in American history.

Beat, the daughter of Kevin and Carrie, said she doesn’t want 9-11 to “die down” as she has seen happen over the years. She wants it to be taught regularly in schools and discussed more.

“It was a very tragic event,” said Beat, who organized a military service Tuesday with Anne Ware for their senior project. 

From what she has heard about 9-11, Ware said “it was a trying day and it was a hard day.”

What the daughter of Robert and Lynette has learned about the experience is that “America bounced back,” which she said says a lot about our country.

Between 40 and 50 people attended the solemn service Tuesday held at St. Paul Cemetery. High school musicians performed “The Star Spangled Banner” and senior trumpeters Katie Dodd and Kaitlyn Bryant played “Taps.” The Rev. Andrew Wellmann, of St. Paul Catholic Church, blessed a donated memorial that Beat and Ware said symbolizes that “freedom is not free.” 

“We want this service to mean something to the community,” Beat said.

Reflecting on the terrorist attacks, senior Lauren Chandler said it makes her think of the sacrifice that military and first responders made as well as “the sorrow that comes with it.”

The daughter of Will and Tiffany considers 9-11 a time when the country was united in the face of adversity.

“We all joined together and became one,” she said.

Senior Kallie Stoll, the daughter of Dan and Stacy, has a similar perspective. When 9-11 is studied at school, she said “teachers put on videos and tell where they were” when the planes flew into the World Trade Center and Pentagon and another crashed in Pennsylvania.

“Everyone’s (story) is different,” Stoll added. “I think we all helped each other through it. … (We) all came together that day.”

Junior Cam Caizzo, the son of Jay and Pam, also is too young to remember any first-hand details of 9-11.

“It’s almost unimaginable for me,” he said, noting that the veterans who are honored on what’s now Patriot Day made sacrifices to be in the military, just as first responders did on 9-11. “We’re forever indebted to them.”

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