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Baconton youth remember September 11, 2001

September 11, 2003

Baconton-- Most 9-11 commemorations were somber, but one South Georgia community did it a little different. A student-led march through downtown Baconton felt more like a Fourth of July parade--although the patriotic spirit was tinged with sadness.

The flag outside Baconton Charter School was raised, then lowered to half-staff. Then, more than 500 students hit the streets. Students waved flags, proudly displaying red, white, and blue.

Georgia Lamoureux waved her flag too, "The children are really too young to understand the sadness. But as long as they understand what happened and that we too have to go on."

Through their smiles, the children do remember 9-11.

Whitney Blackburn says, "I remember people falling from the buildings and how people were sad."

Justin Redding says, "It was horrifying just knowing something like that would happen, it's unbelievable."

Larry Reese says, "I was scared and I was thinking like they are going to bomb the whole world and it would turn out to be World War Three." Two years later, the children are no longer scared--they feel safe again. And they are celebrating.

The march began at the school and carried on to Baconton City Hall and back.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com