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September 11, 2012

In Remembrance: Claremore, Verdigris students reflect on events of Sept. 11, 2001

CLAREMORE — High school students at Claremore and Verdigris took time Tuesday to remember the events and victims on the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001

Claremore High School Junior ROTC students honored the victims and survivors of 9/11 Tuesday on the 11th anniversary of the attacks on American soil.
The CHS band, choir and ROTC students performed for the honored attendees and guests.
The band performed the national anthem as the color guard presented the colors. 
Choir students sang “America the Beautiful.”
Guest speaker Brock Rowlett spoke about his experience as he was in the south tower during the attacks in New York City.
“It was a beautiful morning pretty much like today,” Rowlett said.
As he looked out the windows of his building he noticed that paper was floating through the air in flames and Rowlett said that it was at that moment he knew he needed to get out of the building.
Rowlett detailed his evacuation of the tower and how he was in the stairway when the building was struck.
“Everything was moving in slow motion after the plane hit. We did not know it was a plane but we knew something was very wrong,” Rowlett said.
It was not until he left the stairway and was guided by police and emergency responders that Rowlett began to grasp the intensity of the situation.
After leaving the building he stepped outside to see the fullness of the tragedy, he explained.
“That is where you see all the things you don’t want to see,” Rowlett said. “That is what saved my life.”
Rowlett left the area due to the intensity of what he was seeing and within minutes the buildings had collapsed.
Rowlett emphasized to the students that 9/11 is a day that should always be remembered.
He thanked police, fire and emergency medical services for being there and for saving lives.

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