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Jan132011

Christina Taylor Green's Casket Passes Under 9/11 Flag at Funeral

Photo Courtesy - Mamta Popat | Pool(TUCSON, Ariz.) --The casket of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was carried underneath a flag that flew at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and into a Tucson church Thursday, a tribute to a young girl who was born on the day the Twin Towers fell and died in another tragedy outside of an Arizona supermarket.

Green's family members met the casket and solemnly escorted it into the St. Elizabeth-Ann Seton Catholic Church for the afternoon funeral, the first funeral service for one of the six people who lost their lives last Saturday morning.

Representatives from the New York City Fire Department brought the 9/11 flag to Arizona for the service, where it was hung from two Tucson Fire Department ladder trucks. The enormous banner includes the remnants of a 30-foot American flag that survived the 2001 terror attack.

The church was filled with mourners paying their respects to the young girl who whose life was cut short as she stood waiting to meet Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. The husband of the severely wounded Giffords, Astronaut Mark Kelley, was on hand for the service, as were some of Green's friends and classmates.

Christina Taylor Green was the youngest of all the victims of the shooting rampage in Tucson last weekend.

The nine-year-old, who was born on 9/11, had been recently elected a member of her elementary school's student council and was intensely interested in politics.

President Barack Obama spoke about the third-grader at a memorial service in Tucson on Wednesday night. "I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it," Obama said.

Her classmates from Mesa Verde Elementary School left handwritten messages alongside colorful ribbons, candles and flowers placed at the chain link fence near their playground.

School officials said crisis teams would be at the school for "many days...as long as we need to be here."

Many of Christina Taylor Green's classmates were expected to attend the funeral, which grief experts say can be important, as long as they are prepared and a loved one goes with them.

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