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Right, Wednesday marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the students of South Salem Elementary School paid special tribute with a ceremony outside the school. Students gathered around the flag pole where members of Kim Malcom’s flag team, with the assistance of members of the Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC, presented the flag. Students with Karen Courter’s kindergarten class, below left, then sang and performed sign language to “The Pledge of Allegiance.” Principal Holly Dubois told the students that on Sept. 11, 2001, the country experienced a renewed sense of patriotism and began honoring “everyday heroes” like firefighters and police officers. On that day, she said, the flag became more than just a piece of cloth. “There is not a child here probably who was born 12 years ago — you have no memory of this day, but your teachers certainly do,” Dubois said. “They will be talking about that today, and it is always, always a difficult memory.” At the same time, Dubois encouraged the students to take the opportunity of the Sept. 11 anniversary to “celebrate our country and the freedoms we have” and to remember “you are very, very blessed to live in this country.” (Staff Photos: Aimee Jones)

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South Salem Elementary students recognize Sept. 11

South Salem Elementary School students recognize Sept. 11 with special ceremony

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