The U2 song “One” echoed through the gym of Corona del Mar High School as kids filed into the bleachers dressed in designer jeans and their new back-to-school shoes. The helium balloons tied to the bleacher guard rails were red, white and blue, but there were few references to 9/11 at Corona del Mar High School’s assembly Tuesday to mark the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Student organizers opted to hold a “Unity Assembly” to mark 9/11, instead of a more traditional remembrance of the 2,974 people who died in the attacks. The event focused on world peace and forgiveness.
“We didn’t want to do the classic 9/11 assembly,” said 16-year-old junior Monique Danser, a member of the school’s Human Relation’s Council, which organized the event. “We didn’t want the candlelight vigil.”