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DeKalb church holds 9/11 prayer service

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As the nation remembered the victims and families of the people who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, people in metro Atlanta marked the 12th anniversary in their own way.

Briarlake Baptist Church held a prayer service.

They sang and stood in reverence as they prayed for the people who died during the terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.

Lisa Kirkland was a flight attendant on Sept. 11, 2001.

Kirkland, whose husband, Douglas Kirkland, is a soldier, said the wound left by the attacks is hard to heal.

"It was very scary. I cried, I still cry, I walked in tonight and started crying. I don't think you ever get over it. You just learn to deal with it," Lisa Kirkland said.

Douglas Kirkland, who has done tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, said the anniversary reminded him of the tragic loss of life and his wish for our nation to put aside its differences.

"America as a whole needs to pull together, they need to pray together, the need to become a more cohesive unit," Douglas Kirkland said.

Parishioners also prayed for the people of Egypt, already suffering through civil strife. And they prayed for the people of Syria, as the U.S. considers the possibility of another war in the Middle East.

Issa Sayar, who was born in Syria, said he still has aunts, cousins and in-laws there.

Sayar wants the U.S. to stay out of his native country.

"We don't need any more bloodshed in Syria. I am 110 percent against it," Sayar said.

Parishioners prayed for the safety of U.S. military people who could be deployed to the Middle East yet again and for elected officials to come up with a good solution to the current conflict in Syria.

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