Remembering 9/11 at MSD School holds ceremony for 17th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

Reporting by Ava Steil, Emily Kolber, Ashley Ferrer, Mackenzie Quinn, Kaleela Rosenthal, Kacie Shatzkamer, Einav Cohen, Farrah Nickerson and Leni Steinhardt

9:02 AM - JROTC presents colors

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Four JROTC members presented our state and national flag to start off our annual 9/11 memorial tribute. Command Sgt. Mjjr. Royce Blanos sounding off and commanded his fellow cadets as they made their way around the main courtyard.

“That day makes me want to join the services because it was such terrible incident,” Blanos said.

9:03 a.m - Desiree Lora sings "The Star-Spangled Banner"

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“I was totally unaware that I was going to be singing until 10 minutes before the ceremony, but I felt very proud to sing something on such a momentous day,” Lora said.

9:04 a.m. - Principal Ty Thompson addresses the crowd gathered in the main courtyard

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In his speech, Thompson discussed the stories of heroism and how that day brought the country together.

“It was great to see the country come together because it hadn’t come together in a while,” Thompson said.

9:05 a.m. - A Moment of Silence

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9:06 a.m. - Mayor of Parkland Christine Hunschofsky address the MSD student body

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9:08 a.m. - Sgt. Marco Rizza recalls his experiences in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

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The newly assigned resource Sgt. Marco Rizza gave a speech about his experience in the NYPD on that day. The sergeant went into detail about his experiences that day and the month following.

“Through all the heartache, sadness and horror everyone remained hopeful those days,” Rizza said.

9:10 a.m. - Orchestra and chorus teacher Stewart Rabin performs "Taps"

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Rabin has been performing "Taps" in the remembrance ceremony for eight years.

Q: How did it come be that you Taps at the memorial?

I think they were looking for someone like, you know, last moment in band, but I don’t think anyone could make it eight years ago for some reason. So I started doing it and it just became a tradition."

Q: Did 9/11 affect you in anyway?

Yeah, it was like life changing. You could literally see the United States change its path in history. It was unbelievable and very profound."

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