Students in northern Utah commemorate 9/11

9/11 students. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Students in northern Utah took the textbooks outside on Monday morning.

They used the time to learn about the largest terrorist attack in United States history.

The staff at South Jordan Middle School commemorated the attacks of September 11, 2001 before the bell rang.

Fourteen, 15, and 16-year-old students stood silent as the flag was raised by a group of Boy Scouts.

"I can't believe I'm doing this," said Carver Nordahl, an 8th-grader who helped with the flag ceremony, "I was happy and super excited."

Carver and the rest of his classmates were born before the attacks.

"None of them were born," Assistant Principal Tim Heumann said. "Blow my mind because of how fast time goes by."

He remembers teaching his science class when the news of 9/11 hit.

"These kids will have something like this in their lives - a crystallizing event," he said, "It's good for them to see these things ... so they can know about them and learn from them."

The South Jordan Middle School choir honored the fallen by singing for 15 minutes to the student body gathered around the flag pole in the front of the school.

"This is a day that you got to keep in mind what happened," said Aerin Dyal, a 9th-grader.

Veterans, firefighters, police visited the school for lunch to teach the students about what they do to keep the country safe.

"It brings it more to life," Aerin said. "It makes it more obvious that this is a real thing that's happening."

Heumann continued, "A lot of them have read it and studied it in school ... it's a nice thing that they can see history is living today."

It's a day never forgotten, even by those who didn't live through this part of history.

"New generation growing and they are learning these correct principles about our country," Heumann said. "It makes me feel good and have more confidence for the future."

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