SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - When tragedy struck the United States on September 11, 2001, the current students at Youree Drive Middle School were most likely too young to understand.
However, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the events of that day seven years ago were fresh on their minds Thursday morning.
The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders took part in a ceremony to remember the more than 3,000 people who lost their lives when terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashing two into the World Trade Center Towers, one into the Pentagon, and another into a field in Shanksville, PA.
The school band provided several musical selections, including the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. Students also placed flags in the grass in front of the school in honor of the victims.
Shreveport Fire Chief Brian Crawford acted as guest speaker. At one point, when recalling his own visit to Ground Zero, he had to choke back tears.
Principal Victor Mainiero presented Crawford with a plaque, honoring the Shreveport Fire Department for taking part in the ceremony.