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Hassan, Gatsas Honor Victims of 9/11 at Manchester Elementary School

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First responders gathered at the Symth Road Elementary School in Manchester to remember the victims of 9/11.

Local officials and first responders marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks Friday morning at Symth Road Elementary School in Manchester.

The students at the memorial event weren’t alive when the attacks of Sept. 11 took place.

That’s why those who spoke, including Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard and Gov. Maggie Hassan, told them a little bit about what happened on that day.

Hassan urged them not to look upon it with sadness but with inspiration.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan honors the lives lost in 9/11 Friday morning in Manchester.

"Boys and girls do you know what resilience means?,” Hassan asked. "Noooo," the kids replied. “Ok, so it means, it’s a word that describes your ability that when something bad happens to pick yourself up and keep going anyway and that’s one of the things we all demonstrated on September 11th together. Something horrible happened but we came together," Hassan told them.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, who attended the same elementary school himself, told the students it’s important to also honor the first responders who risk their lives every day.

“The one thing I am going to ask you all to do is to stand up and I want you to say thank you to the firefighters, the police officers, the EMTs that are here because they are the first ones that run to help you when there is a problem," Gatsas told the students. "Thank you," him and the audience replied followed by loud clapping.

Thirteen people with ties to New Hampshire were killed on 9/11.


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