SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)— Sunday will mark 21 years since the anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks and one local elementary school paid tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives that day.

On Friday, students with Sullivan Elementary School carried an American flag and a firehose in honor of first responders. Each class walked 3.43 laps, that number represents the 343 firefighters who died in the attacks.

Teacher, Shawn Hawley, said he thinks the students take pride in participating in this tribute.

“I think it affects a lot of children’s parents’ lives and really patriotism starts young. We do a great Veteran’s Day program here in November and this is just part of preparing kids to understand what it is to be part of this great country,” He added.

Participating classes in this event included students in third, fourth and fifth grades.