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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:00 am

Carroll choir pays tribute to 9/11 victims

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Jaci Perales wasn't alive when terrorists hijacked four jetliners and killed nearly 3,000 people in attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a crash in Pennsylvania.

Along with about 100 classmates too young to remember the historic day, the 16-year-old Carroll High School junior on Tuesday – the 17th anniversary of the attacks – paid tribute through song to those who died and the emergency workers who responded to the devastation.

“It's really touching knowing about all the people who were involved in it, and how it affected so many people, not only in America but around the world,” Perales said.

Choir Director Jill Jeran, who prefers to plan concerts around themes, said the timing was perfect to focus this year's fall choir concert on the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Incorporating this historical event into a heartfelt concert allows everyone to honor this sad moment in our nation's history while validating its relevance in our daily lives,” according to a news release.

In March, choir members will travel to New York for a competition. There, they plan to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Jeran said.

Choosing just what students would sing Tuesday proved difficult, Jeran said. She wanted to establish a tone appropriate for a day of remembrance – not one more fitting for the Fourth of July, she said.

Along with patriotic selections, the songs – about 10 total – addressed ideas of unity and moving forward after tragedy, Jeran said.

The concert also included video from the Sept. 11 attacks. The footage is powerful to watch, Jeran said, noting she always gets choked up every time she sees it.

“It silences you,” she said.