Remembrance ceremonies pay tribute to lives lost on 9/11

Hickam Elementary School

Many in Hawaii took time Thursday to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 terror attacks.

The city held a ceremony at Tamarind Park in downtown Honolulu.

Hundreds of students at Hickam Elementary took part in an assembly and parade through Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, even though none of them were born when it happened.

With a student body of military parents, the school holds this event every year as a reminder to keep vigilant and to never forget the fallen.

“I know that a lot of people sacrificed and lost their lives that day, especially firefighters, police,” said sixth grader Rhylee Duff. “They went in the buildings to help people, but they didn’t come out.”

Students at other schools also took time to mark the anniversary. At Saint Andrew’s Priory School for Girls, students stepped outside of their classes and held a moment of silence as part of a remembrance.

In 2001, four passenger airliners were hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists.

Two crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, a third plane crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth, United Flight 93, crashed in a Pennsylvania field when its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including five people from Hawaii and four with Hawaii ties.

Saint Andrew's Priory School for Girls
Saint Andrew’s Priory School for Girls

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