9/11 remembered up and down Delaware

By Amy Cherry 9:11am, September 11, 2013 - Updated 3:41pm, September 11, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
Delawareans mark the twelfth anniversary of 9/11.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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At Delaware Military Academy, a solemn ceremony included TAPS and a flag waving as military members stood in a giant 9/11 formation on the school's grounds.

At Dover Air Force Base a new memorial was unveiled.

It's in the shape of a pentagon and includes two steel beams from the World Trade Center and a rock from near where United Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was on-hand. He says it's a day that will be engrained in the minds of Americans forever.

"It never fades. Of course, the popular term is 'never forget' and I don't think many Americans ever do or ever will," says Busch, who met with Airmen after the ceremony.

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State dignitaries, including Governor Markell turned out for both events.

Children of all ages are also remembering 9/11. Third graders at New Castle Elementary, who have no personal remembrance of that tragic day, made Unity Quilt out of handmade flags that represent their heritage.

"I think the most important thing at this young age is just to learn that differences are OK, and that that's what makes us unique, and that we can learn from each other, and that we can work together despite the fact that we do have differences, and that maybe it could even make us better people for it," says teacher Sarah Bateman.

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In Middletown, a ceremony was held outside the Middletown High School's flagpole, where Air Force Junior ROTC cadets lowered the flag to half-staff, a student performance of TAPS, and a moving prayer to remember the nearly 3,000 victims of the New York City terrorist attacks.

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