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TYLER (KYTX) -  One Tyler school has a very special connection to the 9/11 tragedy. Jack Elementary was named after Dr. Bryan C. Jack, who grew up in Tyler and was in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon 12 years ago.


Every year, the school names this anniversary patriots day, honoring Dr. Jack and all those who fell on 9/11. Students dress in red white and blue, and learn about their connection to this tragic day. 

Jack Elementary art teacher Ginger Corey remembers watching with heavy eyes as the towers fell 12 years ago. When another plane hit the Pentagon her heart broke yet again. She didn't know then that one of Tyler's own was in that plane. 

"Dr. Bryan C. Jack was such an incredible example of a loyal patriot and that's what we teach at this school is how to be a patriot," Corey says.

Bryan Jack was 48 years old when his flight 77 plane crashed into the Pentagon. He was Robert E. Lee graduate, and then became a top budget analyst for the country's Defense Department.  
"He was such an outstanding individual," says parent Carol Foley. She says she's proud to send her children to Tyler's Jack Elementary, named after Bryan Jack.

Every year before the annual 9/11 ceremony at Jack Elementary School, students like 5th grader Carleigh Zipps learn about Jack and what happened to him.

"The terrorists came and stole some of the jets and they purposely attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon," Carleigh explains. 

She and her schoolmates watched in silence as flags were raised at half staff.

"We say the pledge and we basically just honor the people who were in the twin towers and the pentagon," she says.

"It's great to work at a school where there's that real connection. It's not something vague. The students can actually connect with a real person," Corey says emotionally as she stand behind hundreds of her students, who even in their youth, feel proud to be part of the red, white, and blue.

The elementary school was dedicated to Jack in 2007.  You can find pictures and information about him all over the campus. 

Dr. Bryan C. Jack worked at the pentagon for 23 years. Former colleagues say he was brilliant, and his family members call him a devoted son and loving husband. 
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