9/11/01 – Never Forget

“Try to slow down today, remember, and act with love” – Jaclyn Kuwik

Everyone has a story. And more specifically most of us tend to remember where we were when we received good or bad news. September 11th was a tragic event that etched a memory in my mind. Where were you on September 11, 2001? I was in 6th grade that day. I am observant and always like to know what is going on, but I could not figure out why my teachers were whispering. We went about classes as usual that morning, and I headed off to electives like nothing was wrong. I got to Mr. Goodman’s class and all of my peers were talking about the horrific event. I can’t remember what time we started our elective classes but this was after the two towers had fallen. Other teachers had turned the TV on during morning classes. Mr. Goodman took me outside of the class and explained what was going on. We spent the rest of the class watching TV and comforting each other. I knew it was awful and sad but I don’t think it was until a few years later that I realized the extent of what happened that day. My heart is heavy and overwhelmed with emotions on 9/11.

The platform party stands during the 9/11 ceremony. Copyright NC State University.

The platform party stands during the 9/11 ceremony. Copyright NC State University.

Another 9/11 memory involves helping with a 10th anniversary event at NC State. This event brought the community together at the Belltower to reflect and honor first responders and soldiers. As I pause to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, I think about how we can move forward together. We will always remember that day, how it impacted us, and how it impacted the world. We can also reflect and remember together.

“When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity — these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don’t know.”
-Barbara Kingsolver

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