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A symbol of Trinity Christian College rests at Ground Zero in New York among the mementoes left by visitors to the site. Sophomore Kristen Roethel, Oostburg, Wis., recently spotted a Trinity teddy bear at the base of the mourning wall that commemorates the victims of the terrorists' attacks on the World Trade Center.

This summer Roethel and her family went to the East Coast for a vacation in New York, and visited the site where the Twin Towers once stood. While at the mourning wall, they noticed the white teddy bear with its blue Trinity Christian College shirt sitting among other memorial items.

"Being there was a humbling experience, kind of surreal," Roethel recalled. "I was in awe of the whole scene. I had heard so much about it, but seeing it made 9/11 very real to me," she said.

The trip was the first to New York for Roethel and her family. With two of the city's tallest buildings erased, the view of the skyline made an indelible impression on her.

"It's hard to imagine what the skyline looked like with those towers, having never seen them in person. But you can see the hole in the skyline now that they're no longer there."

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