North Augusta High School hosted a 9/11 memorial ceremony Wednesday morning.
That ceremony at the high school was particularly poignant because young adults are beginning to come of age who are simply too young to remember.
Cadets presented the colors and students spoke about what they've heard about 9/11. North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas shared some of the painful details of that day - from the number of firefighters lost to the age of the oldest victim on a flight - 82- to the youngest - a two year old little girl.
Chief Thomas says it's important to share those details and help younger generations understand what 9/11 really means:
"It is our duty to educate the younger people the newer generation because they don't understand, they didn't feel the impact," Thomas says. "It's our duty to make sure they understand what Patriot Day is all about, that we pass on the legacy, the legacy of the unsung heroes, how we were attacked and given that big black eye but how resilient we were as a country to come back."
Students say they may not remember, but they understand how important it is.
"I remember being in daycare at the time and our teacher was in hysterics and we were all wondering what was going on and she told us everything was going to be okay and we should pray and thank God we had our parents," Michaela Howard says.
Her classmate Kiersten Lee was also in daycare that day, but has learned a lot about the meaning of 9/11 since then.
"It means a time when our nation went through so much and it showed how much our country can get together, we all got together, it showed America is strong together," Lee says.
"We don't have the memory of seeing it happen, but we have the memory of what we heard happened, and grew up seeing effects," Zane Stripling adds. "We need to not only recognize atrocities, but honor our service men and women."
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