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Etowah High School dedicates 9/11 memorial

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. -

Students at Etowah High School remember 9/11 with a special memorial.

The students spent the last year doing community service to raise money for a memorial to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks.

Eleven years ago, the students were just in kindergarten, first and second grades.

"Although at that time we weren't old enough to understand what the attacks meant, we've come to understand the effects of that day," said one student.

The students have learned about the attacks as a part of history and as an ongoing reality --  some of their parents have fought overseas.

Principal Keith Ball is from New York and has family members who are firefighters and police officers there.

"It had a huge impact on me, when it happened and being a person of history who appreciates it and really thinks it's an absolute of what we do moving forward, I'm definitely always going to seek out projects that are long-lasting for kids," said Ball.

The memorial, which was dedicated on Tuesday, ends a year-long service project in which students completed 27,000 hours of community service. It has a QR code to bring up information on smart phones so no one will ever forget.

"This memorial doesn't just commemorate all of the loved ones who were lost on September 11th and the lives that were changed forever. But it also celebrates all of the Americans who have been the strength and courage since that day," said Ball.

The memorial was a $17,000 project. The principal, art teachers and a contractor designed and welded the structure.

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