Tulsa Tech students pay tribute to 9/11 victims

TULSA, Okla. — A group of Tulsa Tech students used their skills and creativity to honor the victims and first responders involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks by building a tribute wall.

“Before now, it didn’t affect me because I was not born yet. It has made my image of the event more vivid. It has become more real,” said one student.

The memorial wall is a class project and tradition that the masonry instructor Chauncey Kila has been doing since 2002.

Students are given a history lesson on the attacks, then they have the opportunity to use their skills to build the tribute wall.

The plexiglass and the blue lights represents the attack on the twin towers in New York City.

“They had no idea that the attack took place,” Kila said. “It opens up their perspective on the way the world is today and the current events that are going on in Afghanistan. It all ties back to 9/11.”

It took the students two weeks to complete the wall and every year they build a new one.

Kila said the project is not only an opportunity to teach his students what happened that day, but how life has changed since then.