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Hudson students show patriotism

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In Hudson, middle school students were glued to their classroom televisions to learn about 9/11, just like the many Americans watching it unfold 14 years ago.

Social Studies teacher Wayne Haskovec says he remembers it like it was yesterday.

"We saw the second tower get hit on live TV, but at that moment I knew it was not good. We knew it was on purpose," Haskovec said.

Students, Orion Polendo and Abby Gaudian, agree Mr. Haskovec's 9/11 testimony helps them understand what happened.

"I wasn't even born, but I've watched video at school and talked about it. It's pretty important," Polendo said.

"I learned Friday that the Twin Towers did go down, and they made a memorial by putting all the names around it for the firemen and whoever was caught," Gaudian said.

Meanwhile at the nearby Hudson High School, student Ethan Griffith expressed his patriotism like a true Iowan. 

"It's just important to American history to see what happened, and just keep it going strong. It's something that should be taught in schools and remembered and told  to everyone," Griffith said.

Even as a high school junior, Griffith said he could not remember 9/11, but his family encouraged him to show his patriotism by driving to school on his John Deere tractor with an American Flag.

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