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High school in West Frankfort, IL honors first responders, remembers 9/11 victims

(Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS) (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS)

West Frankfort Community School District honored first responders, military veterans, and the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during a breakfast and remembrance ceremony on Friday.

"It's nice to be recognized in these trying times we live in, as law enforcement officers, and this gives a good feeling," West Frankfort Police Chief Shawn Talluto said.

A morning breakfast was offered inside the West Frankfort Community High School, where first responders were fed by students before the ceremony  

Chief Talluto, along with other first responders, military veterans and hundred of students, packed into the Max Morris Gymnasium. 

The students are from all over the West Frankfort Community School District.

Students sang songs, played instruments and read poems to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11 - something West Frankfort Community High School Principal Bethany Shaw says is important.

"For the adults, we lived through it. We understand what that was like. For our students, they're remembering it now as [an] historical event."

Madelyn Padget and Taylor Jones are both sophomores, born just before the 9/11 attacks, and are now learning about it in the history books.

"We knew that there were two towers and that one plane crashed and everything, and then another hit," Jones said in reference to what she learned about the attacks.

"I went home and asked my mom where I was, and she said I was a little baby, sleeping," Padget said. "It was just weird learning about it."

For those who lived through it, everyone can remember where they were.

"I was standing in the living room holding my daughter watching the news when it happened," Talluto said. "When that first one hit, it was overwhelming, but when that second one it, it was like, you just felt your stomach, you just felt this vacancy."

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