Topeka West remembers 9/11 victims

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) Students, staff, local fire and police were at Topeka West High School Wednesday morning to remember those who died on September 11, 2001.

Topeka West's Junior ROTC cadets raised the American flag and saluted those who lost their lives 18 years ago.

Lieutenant Colonel James Hall said he wanted to "paint a picture" of that tragic day for students, who don't remember or weren't born yet.

He also gave praise to the first responders that rushed into the World Trade Center as it burned.

Hall even proudly reminisced on how those events brought everyone in the country together.

He said, "It's been so impactful on our world and on our culture here, that we wanted to do this as a way of honoring the fallen on that day."

Topeka West Principal Dustin Dick said he remembers exactly where he was on that day and how it felt to hear the news.

He said, "It's just a good way for students to understand a little bit of that history, and get to see and hear from folks that were around at that time a little bit about what happened on that day."

Taps was played to conclude the ceremony.