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PV marks 9/11 anniversary with songs, speeches

PRESCOTT VALLEY - More than 200 people marked the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, on Tuesday with songs, speeches, a color guard, prayers, applause and some tears.

Schoolchildren, Prescott Valley elected officials, police officers, firefighters, veterans and others flocked to the Patriot Day observance at the amphitheater on the Civic Center grounds.

They also honored heroes of 9/11 and members of the armed forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I have always been a patriot," said Sarah Elliott, a registered nurse at Liberty Traditional School in Prescott Valley. "I think we need to support our schools, support our armed forced and a day to remember."

Like other Patriot observers, Elliott recalls when she learned that terrorists had hijacked four airplanes, ramming two of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and a third into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania.

Dallin Poyfair, a seventh-grader at Liberty Traditional School, said he remembers seeing a teacher cry while he attended first grade in Lehi, Utah.

"And we were confused," he said. "We did not know what was going on."

Dallin, who wants to be a psychiatrist when he grows up, said that he enjoyed the Patriot Day ceremony.

He sat in the front with his peers as public officials spoke and a choir from Volante Academy sang from under a white canopy.

Mayor Harvey Skoog introduced other members of the Town Council and guests, including Terri Schall, whose son, Kenneth, died in a Humvee accident in Iraq in 2005.

Three public works employees unfurled an American flag from the roof of the Civic Center, and drew attention from the crowd.

"I get to do it every year," public works employee Bernie Menchaca said.

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