Orange High School students raise money while honoring Sept. 11 victims

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ORANGE, Ohio - The stars and stripes were the focal point of a memorial, organized by students at Orange High School. Students placed flags on the school's front lawn to commemorate the 3,000 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

It was part of the nationwide Never Forget Project, which helps schools and colleges pay tribute on the anniversary of the attacks.

Students could "buy" a flag for a dollar a piece, with proceeds benefiting the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation, which honors a firefighter killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The foundation provides scholarships to children of Sept. 11 victims, as well as children of New York City firefighters and fire victims.

Many of today's high schoolers were just toddlers at the time of the attacks, but say this day still carries significance.

"I thought, Orange has always been receptive to honoring people and doing charity work, and I said, 'We should do this.' I think it's a great thing to do here at Orange to honor the victims of that tragedy," said senior Cory Ross, who organized the tribute after hearing about a similar effort at another school.

So far, the students said they've raised about $300 and expect to raise more in the next week.

Orange students also held a moment of silence Friday morning at the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

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