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Many remember the September 11th 2001, terrorists attacks as the day that America was taken hostage.   Thirty-five-year old Angie Osborne a Bradley University senior was serving in the Navy at the time.

"It  was very eye opening, a little scary, we not only realized that we're not in a fortress, but we also realized that we need to come together," she said.

'It was an event that was supposed to tear us apart yet it kind of brought us together," said Bradley University Employee Alyssa Braun.

Nearly three thousand people were killed when terrorists hijacked U.S. commercial airplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.    Even though some Bradley University students were just toddlers back then, they've read about the tragedy and are using the anniversary to sign up for the Good Deed Mitzvah Marathon.

'It's easy for me to care for other people, so I feel like I should spread positivity everywhere I'm going," said sophomore Aaric Napoleon

"It's a part of us, its a reminder that we need to stay vigilant and to stay stronger," said senior Evan Sturt.

"This is a time when we should come together and we should respect everyone, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, White, Black, straight, gay cause we're all Americans and we're all affected by devastating events such as 911,  said junior Gabrielle Hogan.

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