Las Vegas 9/11 event honors local teacher

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Seventeen years ago, you probably know where you were. That’s when the attack on America happened.

Today, the nation remembered victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

In the Las Vegas valley, Palo Verde High School remembered a teacher killed in the tragedy.

A flag flying at half-staff at Palo Verde High School honored Barbara Edwards who was traveling back home for her friend’s birthday.

“She was out visiting her family and friends back east and she was coming home for my birthday, my birthday is today too, trying to get back in time for my birthday,” said Gail Fahy, friend.

A solemn tribute for all victims of 9/11.

Seventeen years ago, tragedy struck the school. Foreign languages teacher Barbara Edwards died on American Airlines flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon.

“She and I were in a car accident the last day of school in 2001, June 8 and she broke her arm and I broke my shoulder and she couldn’t come back to school in the fall because she hadn’t healed right,” Fahy said.

Edwards had been teaching French and German at Palo Verde High since 1999.

Tuesday morning, their Air Force JROTC re-dedicated a memorial, handing a retired flag to long-time friend Fahy, who no longer celebrates her birthday. Instead, she celebrates Edwards.

“I will always remember her laugh and her happiness and how she lightened my life every day to be a positive person and happy. I try to pass it on to my students and everyone I meet.”

Edwards left a long-lasting impression on the entire school, even among students who she never even met.

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