The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 20, 2011

Local residents remember 9/11

BY CELESTE HUCKELBERRY
Danville High School

DANVILLE — Patriots Day, 9/11, whatever you call it, Sept. 11 was a very remembered day in America.

Three thousand people lost their lives on this tragic day. Ten years later, we come together in remembrance of Sept. 11 and celebration of patriotism.

The Second Church of Christ hosted a 10th anniversary celebration of 9/11 at the David S. Palmer Arena on Sept. 10. Many gathered to celebrate patriotism, while law enforcement personnel and armed forces veterans were welcomed and recognized for their service.

Choirs from Danville Area Community College and North Ridge Middle School were invited to perform.

“We were amazed by the whole thing, we were honored to be invited to come sing,” said Jennifer Woodrow, director of the North Ridge Radiant Reds and Red Coats.

She was not the only one amazed. Throughout the event, the crowd seemed in awe of the presentation.

Randy Paddock says he was “absolutely amazed to see all of these people come together and remember this event.”

As the night came to a close and the event reached its final moments, the solemn crowd appeared stunned at just how many lives were affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and how many came together to celebrate patriotism.

Editor's note: This story was written by a Danville High School student and published here in an agreement with the school.