We wave our flag – red, white and blue – just to remember you. The date was Sept. 11, 2001, It is inscribed in our hearts and minds. On Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, Leon High School went back in time to remember the ones left behind.
I recall on the day of 9-11 my uncle had a meeting at the Pentagon at 9 a.m. and at 9:43 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. I was only seven years old. However, the feeling of losing my uncle, I will never forget. I sat there and cried until the reassuring call came in. Thankfully, he was late to the meeting and was standing outside of the pentagon.
There are many stories like mine. Allison Halpin, the principal’s administrative assistant said, “ It sticks fresh in my mind every day… I feel honor and patriotic for those people.”
It’s hard to forget that day when so many lives were lost. Some people never really know what they have until it’s gone.
Paige Twyman, the curriculum secretary at Leon High School, was a flight attendant for US Airlines, but didn’t got to work on September 11, 2001. “I think it’s great that we remember and that the students are getting involved to make sure everyone remembers. I don’t think that we should ever forget.”
And as she recalled, “I have friends whose wives or husbands were actually piloting or flight attendants’ that went down in Pennsylvania and that hit the pentagon.” You realize that no one ever truly forgets.