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Lufkin ceremony commemorates 9/11

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The voices of elementary students filled the Woodland Heights Affinity Center, in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the four terrorist attacks on September 11th, 12 years ago.

"I couldn't believe it, that our nation was being attacked like that, it was terrible," said Pete Peterson, event attendee.

Wednesday Lufkin was just one of the many communities across the nation observing Patriot Day by remembering the devastating loss and thanking those who serve our country.

"We remember it today because it's still in our minds, it happened unexpectedly but it happened," said Samuel Coleman, Army Veteran

12 years ago Jan Peterson was a teacher at Lufkin High school and she says even in the classroom students lives were changed forever.

"There was a sense of uncertainty; we decided the best thing was to go on after we let them talk about things," said Peterson.

 Many people say despite the tragic event that happened that day, the events of 9-11 brought the country together."

 "We came together as a nation under God as we say and we were there already but this just kind of united us more," said Coleman.

"It pulled our nation together all of us. I think it pulled Americans together, it was a renewal," said Pete Peterson.

The anniversary is also a reminder of the heroes that brought hope to the country during a time of suffering. 

"I think it is important that we always remember and it not fade in our memory," said Kim Ogden, Assistant Director of Marketing, Woodland Heights Medical Center.

And teach a new generation the character of a nation that remained indivisible against all odds.

"We're 12 years out and it should be just as real today as it was then," said Ogden.

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