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Religious groups unite to show support for 9/11 victims

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Alachua County’s different faith leaders gathered at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to remember the victims of 9/11.

Judaism, Christianity, Islam and several other faiths were represented at the event. The leaders spoke about change and interfaith unity.

About 100 people of various faiths attended the event. Members of each house of worship took turns speaking to the crowd.

Virginia Mance, vice mayor of Micanopy, attended the event with her husband and their four-month-old grandson. She said she came to heal. “We, of course, are still carrying the country’s wounds of Sept. 11,” she said.

Mance said she and her family came to pray and to remember what happened to the victims.

“I think that faith is always important,” she said.

Katherine Hahn edited this story online.

University of Florida student Aysegul Ozkam participates in a Sept. 11, 2012, service at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

Rubin Kaur of the UF Sikh Student Association watches the Sept. 11, 2012, service at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

Rev. Louanne Loch and Rabbi David Shuman discuss the Sept. 11, 2012, service at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

Rabbi David Shuman blows a horn during the Sept. 11, 2012, service at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

Religious leaders from around north Florida gather at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville on Sept. 11, 2012. About 100 people of many faiths attended to commemorate the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

Virginia Mance, her 4-month-old grandson and husband Robert Mance participate in a Sept. 11, 2012, service at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

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