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12 Years After 9/11, A Somber Day Of Service

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North Carolina is marking 12 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday.

In Raleigh, public service organizers are expecting more than 1,200 volunteers to help with charity projects across the Triangle.  Amber Smith of the group Activate Good says she's working with the city of Raleigh to send those volunteers to help with everything from food drives to blood donation to remember 9/11.

"The tragedy that day was designed to make us feel helpless.  When we get out and we can make a difference, we fight that.  We're able to change our community, and in doing so, we can turn it into something positive even though it wasn't intended to be," Smith says.

At Fort Bragg, soldiers are conducting a full military service, including a 21-gun salute.

"We're going to lay a wreath in honor of the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11, and also another wreath in honor of the soldiers and our military service men who lost their lives overseas in the global war on terrorism.  We're making a point to take time out of our busy schedules to remember what happened," says Sgt. Maj. Scot Givens.

The 82nd Airborne Chorus also plans to sing Wednesday at nearby Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
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