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“We want the world to know that Claremore High School has not forgotten.”

This is the message that resonated with the hundreds in attendance at the 9/11 remembrance ceremony Tuesday morning.

“We are here to reaffirm our support of our country, to our Constitution, to patriotism and to service,” said a member of Claremore High School JROTC.

Students and guests watched a video showing the powerful footage of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Both the band and choir gave touching performances.

A representative of the Oklahoma Blood Institute recalled a call to action in 2001 when Oklahoma stepped up to send blood donations to New York.

She also congratulated CHS students on their life-saving, and award winning, efforts.

“All across Oklahoma we’ve challenged schools to be leaders in blood donation to earn top honors in our high school championship pro- gram,” she said. “I’m honored to present Claremore High School with this trophy for first place for collecting 322 donations and saving close to 1,000 lives.”

Claremore’s law enforcement and firefighters were given seats of honor during the ceremony, along with special guests that included veterans, City Manager Jim Thomas and school faculty.