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Published September 11, 2012, 09:21 PM

Students pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) -- 11-years after the tragic terrorist attacks on our county, Perham students gather to publicly pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

By: Kay Cooley , WDAY

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) -- 11-years after the tragic terrorist attacks on our county, Perham students gather to publicly pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

Several volunteers woke up bright and early this morning, to spread nearly 3-thousand flags outside the high school, one for each innocent person who died September 11th.

Before dawn and hours before the first plane ever hit the world trade center in 2001, Perham middle and high schoolers woke up to remember those who no longer can.

Luke Potts/Perham Junior: "I'm really honored that I'm able to be a part of this project."

Students like Luke Potts came together at 5AM for the 9/11 Never Forget project

Luke: "The people who are here helping have also done this before so we have a lot of experience."

Putting thousands of flags into the ground, one after the other.

Dalton Dahms/Perham Senior: "It was amazing I really didn't think this many people would show up but it's been awesome the support that we've been having."

2,977 flags will cover the grounds around Perham High School, representing the total number of people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks 11 years ago.

Dalton: "It just makes me think of all the families who lost a lot of parents and a lot of kids who don't have any fathers right now. We're kind of doing it for them."

An honorable act in small town Minnesota, for those still grieving nationwide.

Betty Staebler/Event Advisor: "We have great kids in our community. We have great Americans. You look at these kids and there is hope for America."

Luke: "I like the feeling that we are remembering the people who died on 9/11 and I think it's a good way to show the community that people still do care.

A community now covered in red, white and blue- colorful signs of the loved ones lost that tragic day.

Student volunteers in Perham started the 9/11 Never Forget Project 7-years ago.

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