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    Posted September 13, 2011 by
    San Marcos, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Share your 9/11 story

    Skydivers pay tribute


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Pairashooter, a skydiving videographer, said it took this group of experienced jumpers four jumps before they got the 9/11 formation just right. In between each jump, the skydivers would practice their formation on the ground using creepers, which can be seen here. During the practice runs on the ground, the group organizer, Harry Hopkins, would share statistics from the 2001 attacks with the skydivers.
    - ccostello3, CNN iReport producer

    A group of skydivers, which included a few first responders, got together at Skydive San Marcos on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to pay tribute to those who died and those who risked their lives on 9/11/2001. The morning began with talks about the events and statistics relating to the attacks. While the jumpers had fun skydiving, the true reason behind the event was widely known and respected, and the victims and heroes of 9/11/01 were, and are in everyone's thoughts and prayers. The formation required precision and stabilty and took four jumps to complete. This is the video of the final jump. For those who do not agree with our chosen tributary method please don't post negative comments. Memorial jumps are very common in the skydiving community. Each one of us watched with tearful eyes and broken hearts that day and will never forget.

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