This morning I read this brief passage to the students of HWRHS students. It was interesting when I realized how quickly 13 years had passed. Our current students were between 1 and 4 years old and probably have no recognition of the incidents that are seared into many of our memories.
Thirteen years ago today we were stunned by the news of possible terror threats against New York and heightened security around our Nation because of the incidents that occurred on September 11, 2001
Thirteen (13) years later, we continue to bear witness to the events of 9/11 and try to reconcile all that went wrong. We continue to “never forget.” We continue to take on terrorism in all it’s forms around the world.
In his recent Forbes magazine article entitled “13 Years Since September 11: If You Don’t Take Time To Remember, You Forget”, Todd Essig writes, “Like I do every year, I want to take a moment to remember by reworking and reposting my memories. I do this because memory really does need attention. Not just mine but yours too. If you’re reading this I hope you’ll do as I’ve done and tell people what you remember because human memory is “active,” “dynamic,” “creative.” This past week I’ve had several patients spontaneously just recount their 9/11 memories. I think people want to hold on to these dynamic memories that pulse through our minds/brains unlike static bits in machines. What we do with our memories on today’s thirteenth anniversary becomes part of tomorrow’s memory. What we do today helps create how the fourteenth anniversary will feel. It helps create what 9/11 will mean to us and those who come after us. Memory also smooths the rough edges. It makes the story fit the current moment. For the lucky majority, traumatic memories get sanded down by subsequent events.”
Most of the students in this building were between one (1) and four (4) years old on September 11, 2001. Do you have the same sense of unity and patriotism that the adults may share? If not, this is an excellent time for you to learn about and reflect on your responsibilities as a human being and as an American. It’s never too late to make a positive difference!
Here are other links to learn more about September 11