As the years pass since the 9/11 tragedy, I wonder how many of our students truly know the impact of all that happened? After all, most of them were between 3 and 5 years old when this occurred. To they understand the value of the freedom of living in a Democratic Nation? Do they believe in the American Spirit?
This morning we took some time to read the following statement, written by HWHS student Chase Schaub, to the entire student body. We also held a moment of silence so that people could reflect upon the tragedy and the impact of the tragedy as well:
Twelve years ago on this day, September 11, 2001, our nation was changed forever. On a sunny, bright day, much like today, Americans saw the power of evil firsthand. Al Quaeda under the direction of Osama Bin Laden hijacked 4 planes and used them as weapons against the American people. Two of those planes flew into the World Trade Center, leading to the collapse of the towers, while another was crashed into the pentagon. On this fateful day, we promised that we would “never forget” September 11. We promised never to forget the 2,606 people killed in New York City, or those 189 people killed at the pentagon, or the 40 people killed on United Flight 93. But what we have also not forgotten is the power of the American spirit, where in the face of disaster and tragedy we have stepped up to help. We remember the brave firefighters, who despite the danger they faced inside, ran into the burning towers to rescue as many as they could, or the heroic acts of the passengers on United Flight 93 who joined together to stop the attempted terror attack, bringing the terrorists plan to a holt in a field in Township, Pennsylvania, where their acts of bravery saved many more American lives. We remember these acts of courage, as Americans stood together to help others…Our country is stronger than ever in the face of these ever-present attacks that loom in our minds. We will not allow our nation to be defined by our enemies, that’s not the American way. Our country will remain strong, and we will never forget September 11, 2001.