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A Reflection on 9/11

Before the 9/11 attacks, the Twin Towers stood tall in New York City. Photo Courtesy: 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Students: What Does 9/11 Mean?

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Americans across the nation united in solidarity for the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 U.S. citizens. At Gilmour Academy, the majority of students were not alive for the attacks.

To the student body, 9/11 is a mark of history highlighting the hatred that exists in this world. Not one student has a personal experience with this date. Therefore, “9/11” may hold less significance to students than it does to adults.

The Story Students Are Told 

On 9/11, the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes. Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of New York City, one plane plowed through a wing of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and one plane’s mission failed. Courageous passengers forced it down in a Pennsylvanian field. Not only did thousands of people lose their lives that day, but many survivors continue to experience extreme mental trauma.

At the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, visitors can learn about September 11, 2001. Photo Credit: Mr. John Overman

9/11: A Lasting Message for Today

Time will pass, but all Americans must never forget this day.  Remembrance unites the country. As sad as it may be, tragedies invoke positive change, awareness, and unification. Some say that the day following 9/11 was a day of peace and kindness. That day should send a message to everyone of the present day: there is always an excuse to strive for peace.

At the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, visitors are encouraged to always remember those who perished in the attacks. Photo Credit: Mr. John Overman