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Remembering fallen heroes: 9/11 Memorial honors those who sacrificed their lives 13 years ago

Charlotte Newman visits the national 9/11 Memorial and Museum last year. The national memorial honors those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks back in 2001. Visit or call (212) 312-8800 for information on visiting the memorial. / The Associated Press

Commentary by Allison Tate
Times-News correspondent

It’s a tragedy familiar to any person in the world — the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City.

Despite having occurred 13 years ago, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 remains fresh in the minds and hearts of Americans. There was a gigantic gap in the center of the New York City skyline as well as in the hearts of country’s citizens.

On the 5th anniversary of the attacks in 2006, “Ground Zero” began to see new life. It was on this day that construction on the 9/11 Memorial officially began.

The project took flight and officially opened to the public on Sept. 12, 2011. What used to be a wasteland of twisted steel was transformed into two gigantic reflective pools.

Etched along the border of the pools are the names of all who lost their lives on that day as well as those that died in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The names are organized by fire department, plane number, and police department. Trees have been planted around the pools in order to muffle the noise of the busy streets that surround the memorial.

The memorial museum is nestled under the pools and contains artifacts from the fateful day.

Of course, a hole remains in the lives of those who lost loved ones, something that never can be filled.

Nonetheless, the memorial provides a place for the public to find solace amongst the hustle and bustle of life. It also serves as a ray of hope for the future, a sign that America can always pick itself back up after falling down.

Allison Tate is a freshman at Alamance Community College and a Teens & Twenties writer.


Teenager organizes local food drive

By Briona Kiser
Times-News correspondent

How many of you know a 13-year-old who has made a significant difference in the community?

River Mill Academy’s 8th-grader Deja Howard began her own food drive to benefit the Salvation Army after she saw a television ad showing the organization’s great need for food. Howard’s food drive began Aug. 15 and will run through Sept. 15.

She has bins to collect canned and non-perishable items at the following locations:

–The Gregory Business Center, 154 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington;

–The Rush Fitness Center, 2356 S. Church St., Burlington;

–360 Fitness Center, 1228 Plaza Drive, Burlington.

“I have done one other food drive for Loaves and Fishes and it was very successful,” Howard said when asked of her inspiration to begin this collection.

To anyone who has spare cans of food, grocery store gift cards, or even a bit of spare change lying around, this young lady is supporting an excellent cause and even the smallest of donations will make a difference. Please consider this on your next trip to the grocery.

Cash donations are also perfectly acceptable.

Briona Kiser is a freshman at UNC-Charlotte and a Teens & Twenties writer.

Bonding time: Cat Camp a chance for college freshmen to unwind before classes start

Western Carolina University's Cat Camp is a chance for freshmen to bond prior to the start of classes. This is the shaving cream party. / Photo submitted

Commentary by Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

   HENDERSONVILLE — As students prepare to start college, there is a lot of anxiety. Things students most worry about are that classes will be hard, there won’t be any friends they know and that they won’t like their roommate.
At Western Carolina University (WCU), there is a program known as Cat Camp that attempts to quell the fears of first-year students. Older students act as camp counselors to answer questions, create friendships and bond with people in their groups, known as “litters.”
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