Pacelli hosts 9/11 prayer service

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(ABC 6 News) – As we enter into September, many are reminded of one of the most memorable and tragic days in U.S history: September 11th.

It’s hard to think that 21 years have passed since this dark day in history.

And for many students, many of them were not even born yet. Friday morning, Pacelli Catholic schools in Austin hosted a memorial and prayer service, to honor all of those fallen on that tragic day.

“I remember exactly where I was as many people would have that morning. And it has impacted my life, I didn’t realize how moved I would be at this event this prayer service and to bring that to the children, we can never forget our history. If we forget our history we have no way to move on in a better way,” said Father Jim Steffes.

Students as well as many community members gathered on the lawn of the school to learn more about the significance of this day.

“They know that this must be important, ’cause we’re doing something like this. This doesn’t happen for Pearl Harbor, this doesn’t happen for the War of 1812, this is obviously important. And I think the magnitude and the gravity and the physicality of what we’re doing here today will show the kids hey this is important and that we better pay attention today,” Pacelli Social Studies teacher Nick McGrath said.

The lawn was filled with 2,977 flags – one for each life lost from the tragedy that was 9/11.