Though some students' memories of Sept. 11, 2001, are vague, many spent Monday commemorating the day terrorists struck America.
Silver Bluff High School students held a community blood drive that yielded 77 pints of blood, according to Shepeard Community Blood Center reports.
Many of the students waiting to donate blood said they didn't remember much about the attacks because they didn't get the news until they were out of school.
"I was on the way home and the bus driver told me," said senior Shaneka Lawrence, 18. "I couldn't figure out what a terrorist was."
Ms. Lawrence's classmate, Jeb Lindsey, 18, also a senior, said he knew of the day's events only because he had a doctor's appointment that morning and wasn't at school.
"I think a blood drive is the perfect way to remember," said senior Alex Green, 18. "You might save another life."
Every pint of donated blood saves about three lives, said Angela Walker, a Shepeard Community Blood Center phlebotomist.
James Thomas, 17, a sophomore, sat for more than 20 minutes waiting for his blood to slowly pump out. Even though his first experience donating wasn't the fastest, James said he plans on giving blood in the future.
"I want to thank (Silver Bluff Principal Todd Bornsheuerr) for giving us the opportunity to give back," James said.
Many Aiken County elementary and middle school pupils wore red, white and blue clothing and observed a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the attacks.
Paul Knox Middle School created a moment-by-moment program to recount Sept. 11 events, and Belvedere Elementary had military families speak to the pupils about what it is like to serve in Iraq.
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