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Those killed in 9/11 attacks remembered in Aurora

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Spectators gather in front of the Aurora Police Headquarters before the ceremony to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks in Aurora on Sep. 11, 2013. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 15, 2013 6:48AM

AURORA— In a memorial ceremony Wednesday, the Aurora Police Honor Guard remembered the civilians and service personnel who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago.

As thunder rolled overhead outside of the APD headquarters on Indian Trail, Police Lt. Keith Cross said that the ceremony also aimed to honor the brave military personnel who lost their lives in post-9/11 conflicts.

Their sacrifice, coupled with those who continue to serve today, ensure “this country’s freedom, both home and abroad,” he said.

As rain began to beat down on the shoulders of police officers, Cross read two passages: “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep,” a poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye, and the Police Officer’s Prayer.

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,” Cross read. “I am not there. I do not sleep.”

After the ceremony, Warehouse Church Pastor Randy Schoof said the day serves to remind Aurora of “our values.”

“What is really important in life,” Schoof said. “To live our lives more (focused) on people and God.”

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