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To commemorate 911, area students will gather at Freedom center to sing National Anthem

More than 1,000 students will gather at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on September 11 to sing the National Anthem, commemorating the 17th anniversary of 911.

This annual event brings students together nationwide in unity at 1 p.m. EST.

Mia Toschi, a TV reporter who covered the events and grew up in Lower Manhattan, founded the movement seven years ago.

“For years, teachers struggled with what to do and what to say. This movement provides teachers with a simple – yet powerful activity to honor 9-11 and teaches students about the unity our country felt in the days, weeks, and months following September 11.”

Last year’s event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The second week of September is also the birthday of the National Anthem (Sept 14).

Teachers may also access a free curricula which teaches the words, meaning, music and history of the National Anthem. It has been endorsed by numerous State Departments of Education.

“Many of the young people who will participate in this Sing-A-long were not born when the attacks occurred on September 11, 2001,” says President Dion Brown.” The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center welcomes the opportunity to provide a venue where we take time to remember our collective history.”

Ed Massey, former President of the National School Boards Association, Boone County School Board Member and Candidate for State Representative, says, “In a world where incivility has become common, this movement allows us, if only for a few moments, to come together as one and remember those who died on 911 and to unite as one country in pursuing freedom for all.”

Ohio’s Lt. Governor Mary Taylor will participate at the ceremony at the Freedom Center.

There will be events throughout the world, with Department of Defense schools participating.

Additionally, many Arizona schools will stand to honor Senator John McCain, who participated in the event two years ago.

Boone County Schools

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